GF School Board welcomes new members, elects officers

Friday, March 20, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Green Forest school board welcomed new members Jeff Boggs and Alechia Meador at its meeting Monday, March 16.

Superintendent Matt Summers thanked departing members Peggy James and Jerry Carlton for their work. James served on the board for 15 years and Carlton served for 10 years.

The board then elected new officers. It chose Bud Phillips as president, Kenny Bonham as vice president, Boggs as secretary, Meador as disbursing officer and John Bailey as alternate disbursing officer.

Summers mentioned the closing of school for the week because of coronavirus concerns.

“Our maintenance and custodial staff will be cleaning and sanitizing the interior of every facility we have this week,” Summers said. “We’ve asked faculty and staff not return, with the exception of the limited people that will be here working the remainder of the week.”

In other business, Intermediate Principal Chandra Anderson said 30 students picked up food backpacks Monday, which should last them the remainder of the week.

“It’s non-perishable; it’s things that don’t have to be refrigerated or cooked,” Summers said.

Also at the meeting, the board decided to refund its bonds from June 1, 2014, and May 1, 2015. Kevin Faught from Stephens, Inc. was at the meeting to discuss the bonds.

“Our analysis showed the ’15 bonds had $370,000 savings, and $160,000 on the ’14 bonds,” Faught said.

The board approved a fundraiser for the track state championship, and three summer programs: a Migrant Education summer school, ESL Recent Immigrant summer school and a high school summer program. It also approved a 3-day ACT prep program.

The board also approved a “Hold Harmless” agreement with the Herschend Family for the partnership that is allowing students to work part time at Silver Dollar City. The program involves a Green Forest School employee transporting the students to work, and is scheduled to begin this summer.

The board then approved a contract with the school’s website provider, Gabbart, to use the company for robocalls.

“They have an app on robocalls that allows them to translate to over 100 languages,” Summers said. “The community... can hear an urgent warning when we do a phone call in their own native tongue.”

The board approved refinishing the floors of both the old gym and the Grim Gym through Gym Masters Basketball Courts.

“We’ve used petroleum-based sealing on those since they were built. Our normal company said we can’t do that anymore,” Summers said.

He said they will be using a water-based sealer after the floors are done, which allows the floors to be walked on much sooner and leaves the colors looking brighter.

The board then approved the resignations of food service worker Peggy Pepple, high school FACS teacher Joyce Fultz and middle school teacher Tina Burns.

The school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, April 20 in the high school library.

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