Contract extension: BV board adds year to superintendent’s deal

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Berryville School Board voted at its Tuesday meeting to approve extending superintendent Owen Powell’s contract by one year and giving him a 1 percent pay increase.

Powell thanked the board for their decision. The board members were also presented with Board Appreciation plaques because January is School Board Appreciation Month.

“I appreciate our board members, and I’m glad to have a good working relationship with them,” Powell said. “We’ve accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, and we’ve got a lot of exciting things going on at the Berryville School District this year. Our board members are instrumental in all of that.”

He said Berryville has two Master Board Members — board members who have achieved 50 hours of school board training. Board member Kristi Howerton achieved this honor last year, he said, and board president David Waller was presented with a Master Board Member plaque at Tuesday’s meeting.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to approve adding the C4 director position to the district salary schedule. The Connect 4 Board recently voted to hire James Knight as the C4 director.

Powell said Knight will receive a paycheck from the Berryville School District, but the cost of his salary will be split between the Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest school

districts. Knight’s salary will be an average of the three districts’ high school principal salaries, Powell said.

The board later voted to approve renewing the school board and educators’ legal liability insurance through BXS Insurance.

The board also voted to authorize Dr. Paul Hines to request bids from food service management companies to service the district’s cafeterias beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Hines is the district’s facilities, maintenance and transportation director.

“We’re researching options and trying to find the best option for our schools,” Powell said.

The board also voted to approve hiring Eva Shott as Bookkeeper II for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.

Powell said the district had 20 applications for the position and interviewed five candidates.

“We were really pleased with the applications we received. The five we interviewed were all top-notch candidates,” he said. “The board felt Eva would be a great fit because she has a lot of experience and has worked in the business department of schools before.”

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in the Intermediate Cafetorium.

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