Green Forest board discusses Super Week details

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Green Forest School Board discussed more details at its meeting Monday, June 15, about the “Super Week” planned for next month.

High school principal Tim Booth said the high school is getting ready to open registration and create the master schedule. Staff is also paying attention to updates from the state on guidelines for Super Week and for when school reopens.

“We’re still watching closely for any directives they give us. We’re supposed to submit a plan for our baccalaureate, graduation and retirement party,” Booth said. “We’ve got preliminary stuff done, but we’re waiting for July 1 to see if they make any changes.”

Superintendent Matt Summers said it is likely that masks will be required during Super Week events. At graduation, Summers said, there will be a limited number of family members per graduate.

Summers said the Connect 4 industrial education program will be conducting interviews for an additional instructor this week, and there will be a school auction at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25. Summers also said there will be a special board meeting Monday, June 29.

Intermediate school principal Chandra Anderson said the floor project at the intermediate building was just finished.

“They’re putting the border at the bottom in a few rooms, and then we’ll be done,” Anderson said. “It looks really good. It changes the whole look of the building.”

Elementary school principal Danette Chaney said the wheelchair lift in the Alumni Center that goes into the second-grade hallway has been installed.

Also at the meeting, the board approved contracts with school resource officers for the 2020-2021 school year.

The board also discussed the possibility of purchasing fuel tanks from Atkins Environmental. Summers said the school could save about 70 cents per gallon on gasoline and 80 cents per gallon on diesel by purchasing its own fuel tanks, and it would be convenient for the bus drivers.

Mayor Jerry Carlton was at the meeting to talk about the city partnering with the school to share the fuel tanks and split the cost. He said the city council still needs to vote on it, but council members think it is a good idea.

“We will have to do some gravel work, fencing, lighting and security cameras,” Summers said.

Summers said the issue will be brought up at the special board meeting.

In other business, the board approved an agreement with APEX Learning, a digital curriculum, for high school and middle school students. The courses include advanced work and credit recovery, and can be completed at an individual rate. The price of the curriculum was $13,480.

Summers said the students who use APEX include all ALE students, students in summer credit recovery and homebound students. Booth mentioned that there might be another use for it if there is another shutdown, or if attendance is not required, when school is back in session.

The board decided to table a decision on whether to renew the elementary school’s contract with the Amplify program, which provides individual assessments online for students, until the June 29 special meeting.

Also at the meeting, the board decided to consider purchasing a property near the school. Summers said the house possibly could be used for something like counseling services, but is too small for classrooms. He said he would visit with the owner and bring it back to the board to consider.

The board also approved mandatory student insurance and a uniform bid from Aramark Uniform Services. It then tabled a memorandum of understanding with Green Forest Youth Sports. Summers said interest in the booster club has dwindled and there is no longer staff to work games. The school would have to donate football equipment purchased through booster club funds and allow members of the group to practice on school facilities when school teams are not using them.

“It gives us a chance to grow, whereas with us it’s going to be pretty limited because of resources and personnel,” Summers said.

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