GF board approves new political club
By Haley Schichtl
The Green Forest school board approved the start of a Turning Point USA club at Green Forest High School.
The club promotes traditionally Republican values including a free market and limited government, and will help students get registered to vote and be active in the community.
The board also approved revising the Connect 4 program’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) to divide the funding equally among the Green Forest, Berryville and Eureka Springs school districts rather than basing funding on how many students are participating in the program from each school district.
“We are looking at taking that back to our attorney and updating that for another year where our funding would be divided between all three Carroll County schools,” superintendent Matt Summers said.
In other business, the board approved a six-year master plan, which includes continuing maintenance of current facilities, but also the eventual expansion and renovation of the Grim Gym and the possibility of a new performing arts facility and administration building.
The master plan notes that the school’s population is up by 50 students from last year because of Tyson Foods’ expansion in Green Forest, and the district expects to see the growth continue.
In other business, the board approved two fundraisers, both from the Community Based Instruction (CBI) at the middle school. One of them is to sell handmade soaps, candles and bath salts from Dec. 1-20 and the other is a video game tournament on Dec. 20 requiring an entry fee and giving a prize to two winners. Funds from both will go toward educational community field trips.
The board also approved an alternate student schedule and a student transfer into the district.
The Green Forest school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in the high school library.