GF board extends superintendent’s contract to 2021

Friday, January 19, 2018

Superintendent Matt Summers will be staying at the Green Forest School District for at least a few more years.

The Green Forest School Board voted at its Monday meeting to extend Summers’ contract from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Summers said this is not the first time his contract has been extended by the board.

“I was initially hired on a two-year contract, and it was bumped up to a three-year contract a few years ago,” he said.

Summers said last year that the superintendent position is not protected by Arkansas Teacher Fair Dismissal Act and is the only position where the contract can be negotiated. What is unique at Green Forest, he said, is that his contract is on the same pay scale as the district’s teachers.

“That is not the case for most schools. My salary is determined by years of experience and degrees held, just like other staff members,” Summers said. “My contract is just like the principals’ contracts but with a higher multiplier.”

The board also voted to adopt a resolution of support for the 2017 Six-Year Master Plan.

The plan says that the district has been informed of a potential increase of 75 to 100 students over the next year because of the expansion of the Tyson Foods plant in Green Forest. Since the district does not know where those numbers will hit, the plan says the district does not yet know where construction needs will appear. Until that time, it says the district will continue maintaining its facilities for the highest level of suitability of education for its students.

The plan says needs for the district include

the completion and relocation to the new maintenance and transportation facility off-site, renovation of the Grim Gym and the future possibility of a new performing arts facility and a new administration office.

The district is currently up 50 students from last year. It says this growth is a direct result of the expansion to the Tyson plant, which has brought in additional families to the community. The plan says the district anticipates a continued growth pattern.

Summers also gave the board an update on the Connect 4 program. saying the Connect 4 Board has hired James Knight as the C4 director.

The board later voted to approve the renewal of the district’s liability insurance coverage through BXS Insurance.

The board also voted to accept the resignations of special education resource teacher Kearstin Greenhaw and special education teacher Erika Burdick. The board voted to hire Eileen Doss as a longterm substitute for special education, Charlotte Robertson as a special education resource teacher and Edith Tipton as a three-hour food service worker. The board voted to move Karen Widner from a three-hour food service position to a six-hour position.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in the high school library.

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