ES board approves stipend schedule

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

By Kelby Newcomb

The Eureka Springs School Board voted Monday to approve both the Stipend Salary Schedule and the Miscellaneous Duties Salary Schedule for next school year.

Superintendent Bryan Pruitt said there were a few additions to the stipend schedule, such as a peewee basketball coach for fifth- and sixth-graders.

“This is a new proposed addition, which will be about $750 and allow our fifth- and sixth-graders to compete in peewee tournaments,” Pruitt said. “There are also a few changes to keep us in competition with what other schools in the area offer.”

The miscellaneous duties schedule, he said, has been adjusted to meet minimum wage requirements for bus driver training, cafeteria substitutes and other hourly rates.

He updated the board on the elementary remodel, saying the district submitted its proposal to the state. Once the plans are approved, he said the board may hold a special meeting in order to accept bids for the project.

The board voted to approve advertising bids for the paving of the high school gym lower parking lot. Pruitt said paving the lot will make it look nicer, help with drainage issues and allow the school to host regional and possibly state tournaments.

The board voted to approve the purchase of a Kubota tractor for $26,791.80. Pruitt said the district is purchasing a tractor to keep up with drainage issues and other maintenance needs on campus.

“We took some state bids on this tractor,” he said. “Both of them are four-wheel drive. Both have loaders. Both have shuttle shift transmission on the steering wheel. Kubota had the lower bid.”

Board treasurer Pam McGarrah presented the financial reports, saying the district has a bank balance of $9,378,000, a total fund balance of $9,410,000 and a legal fund balance of $2,112,000. The board voted to approve the financial reports.

The board also voted to approve the Special Education Assurances and Agreements for Title VIB Application, which Pruitt said assures that the district spends special education funding according to the law.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, in the Administration Building.

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