Berryville school board chooses Tanksley as secretary

Friday, March 20, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Berryville school board picked member Jeff Tanksley to replace Tyler Ashworth as secretary at its board meeting Monday, March 16.

The school board decided to table a decision on accepting school travel and fundraiser requests until COVID-19 concerns have subsided.

“Right now, we’re in limbo as far as what’s going to happen with school … for the remainder of the school year,” board president Chad Hipps said. “I feel like at this point, we should table these until we come back to school and revisit them.”

“I don’t think any of the fundraiser requests are pressing,” superintendent Owen Powell said.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a bid of $3,251.50 for an old gas-fired pottery kiln the school purchased in 2010.

Facilities and maintenance director Dr. Paul Hines said he advertised for it and received one bid from Newt Lale of Osage Clayworks in Alpena.

“He’s offered to purchase the kiln, pick it up and move it and get it off our hands,” Hines said.

He said the school is looking at purchasing a new kiln.

“We don’t really have a purpose for it now in the school,” Powell said. “With it being gas, it has to be outside.”

Hines then discussed how the school will dispose of old furniture that is still at the old high school.

He said he plans on advertising the furniture to staff first to make sure they have everything they want, then opening the building up to the public to purchase items.

In other business, Berryville Elementary principal Kelly Swofford told the board that the school applied for and received a grant through the Walton Family Foundation’s Learn-to-Ride Initiative.

“We were one of 30 schools in northwest Arkansas to receive a complete grant for a classroom set of bicycles, helmets, training and curriculum,” Swofford said.

The program is being provided by BikeNWA in partnership with All Kids Bike to help kindergartners and first-graders learn to bike in their physical education classes.

The school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Intermediate Cafetorium.

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