GF board books ‘Freedom Writer’ for fall presentation

Friday, February 23, 2018

Green Forest School District staff members were inspired by guest speaker Manny Scott at his August presentation, and now middle and high school students will get the same opportunity.

The Green Forest School Board voted at its Monday meeting to book Scott for a series of presentations in October 2018.

Scott was a member of the “Freedom Writers” class, as depicted in the 2007 movie of the same name. He will spend an entire day on the Green Forest campus this fall, giving three presentations to students in grades 8-12.

Superintendent Matt Summers said Scott’s student workshops are designed to inspire students to make good choices, excel academically, commit to graduate and take responsibility for their own success.

After the August 2017 presentation to faculty and staff, Summers said the district has received numerous requests to bring Scott back to inspire the students.

“His presentation is the best I’ve ever heard. There is no comparison,” Summers said. “His story is his story. It’s the real deal.”

The board also voted to approve the 2016-17 Legislative Audit and a bid of $33,730.77 from Summit Truck Group to replace the engine in one of the district’s buses. The bid includes a warranty of five years, or 100,000 miles, for the parts and labor.

Summers also discussed the need for additional accommodations for the special education department.

The district currently has one full-time special education teacher in high school, he said, and one part-time teacher who is shared with the elementary school. The caseload limit for a special education teacher in a resource setting is 25 students, he said.

“The full-time teacher is at the maximum caseload, and the part-time teacher is caring for 10 students at the high school in addition to her elementary caseload,” Summers said.

Because of this need, he said the district is requesting the current part-time special education position in the high school be changed to a full-time position.

“No action is required today,” Summers said. “We just wanted to get that to you all so we have time to look at it, ask questions and make decisions before voting on it at the March board meeting.”

Summers also congratulated the board for earning the Outstanding Board Award. This award is achieved when all members of a district’s school board have earned at least 25 hours of board member training.

After executive session, the board voted to approve renewing the administrators’ contracts for the 2018-19 school year.

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