GF Board approves Project Adam

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Green Forest School Board voted Monday to approve Project Adam, a program that helps provide school districts with defibrillators, or AEDs, in case someone suffers cardiac arrest.

According to, the program begin in 1999 after the death of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, Wis., high school student who collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while playing basketball and died.

“They set up a grant program to ensure that AEDs are established in every school district,” said Superintendent Matt Summers. “By law, we’re supposed to have one in each school. We have four with many people certified to use those, such as coaches, teachers and bus drivers.”

He said the board approved the Project Adam program because it provides grant opportunities to get more AEDs machines as well as establishing safety plans and safety teams for each campus.

“It’s a very good thing that will help ensure that if someone does have a cardiac arrest situation, then there are people who are trained and teams that are actually prepared for that,” he said. “It puts us in the best possible scenario that we could be.”

Summers said the board voted to approve a restated memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Connect 4 program.

“For bookkeeping purposes for all three school districts, we needed to state that each district would pay a third of the cost ‘through the 2018-19 school year,’ ” he said. “Everything is divided equally that way. At the end of the year, we’ll all sit down and discuss what’s best for everyone and if we want to continue in this manner.”

He said the board voted against installing a projector and screen in the Grim Gym.

“We were looking at putting a mounted projector and screen in the Grim Gym,” Summers said. “The screen was about 15 feet wide and would cost around $15,000. In the discussion, we opted not to do that. The board voted that down with the belief that the Grim Gym complete remodel might be in the near future and that would be the appropriate time to do that.”

The board voted to approve increasing adult lunch prices by 15 cents.

“The price is now $3.65,” Summers said, “which is still a good value.”

The board voted to approve the purchase of seven laptops for the school board members to receive their board packets.

“Our school board currently uses iPads that were purchased brand-new in 2009,” Summers said. “They’re not working well, so we presented them with two options: either a laptop or the newest iPad. They opted to go with laptops, so we’ll be purchasing seven of those for our board.”

The board voted to approve the 2018-19 High School Tutoring program. Summers said teachers are on standby for all subjects and will be paid $35 per hour. He said they will be paid only if students attend the tutoring session.

The board voted to approve the $8,500 renewal of the IXL Learning program. Summers said the program is a learning supplement for grades K-8.

“Teachers can give direct items to a kid while in the classroom using one of our technological devices like a laptop or iPad,” he said. “The board approved the district to continue that.”

Summers said the board also approved a mentoring resolution, stating that he would be mentoring Dr. Tammi Davis, the interim superintendent of the Huntsville School District.

“I have been asked by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA) to mentor Dr. Tammi Davis,” he said. “I have been a mentor before. They changed the rules and wanted to the board to do a resolution to show that’s happening.”

The board also voted to approve the assurance of constitutionally protected prayer, the addition of the new Tigers Tackling Technology (T3) Club, High School Chess Club and United Nations Club, the Federal Funds Methodology, the Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) Days plan, student transfers, alternative student schedules and the therapist purchase service agreement.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the high school library.

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