ES Board approves continuing after-school program

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Eureka Springs School Board voted Monday to continue the Eureka Springs Community Center’s After-School Program.

The board voted to approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and contract with the community center for the after-school program.

“I think we got everything hashed out that we needed to get worked out on that,” said superintendent Bryan Pruitt. “We’re going to pay $8,000 up front to fund the after-school program through the community center.”

He continued, ‘We’re going to pay the staff according to federal labor laws. It will be like a nonprofit, so any fees or leftover funds at the end will come back to the school district.’ ”

Pruitt said the after-school program will be subject to audit. It will cost the district about $20,000 to run the program this year, he said, and the district is entering into a one-year contract with the community center.

“I feel comfortable with it now,” he said. “It’s a one-year contract, so we can revisit things if they don’t work out the way the board or administration feel it should.”

The board also voted to approve a MOU with the city of Eureka Springs for a school resource officer (SRO). Pruitt said James Rusterholz Jr. will be serving as the district’s SRO, and the city and school district will split the cost of his salary.

“I think he will be a good fit for us,” Pruitt said.

He said the district will pay 80 percent of Rusterholz’s salary, and the city will pay 20 percent. The maximum cost to the district will be about $60,000, Pruitt said.

The board also voted to approve two student transfers, a band trip to Houston and a revision to the MOU for the Connect 4 program. Pruitt said the revision specifies that the Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest school districts will split the cost of the program three ways the first year and pay a percentage based on the number of students attending the program from each district for subsequent years.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the administration building.

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