Berryville school board approves solar contract
By Haley Schichtl
The Berryville School Board approved a contract with the solar company Today’s Power at its meeting Monday, July 20.
“We have the possibility to save $2.3 million over the next 25 years,” superintendent Owen Powell said. “They’re going to put their solar panels on the school’s property ... on the northwest side of the baseball field.”
The board also approved an updated school calendar since Gov. Asa Hutchinson pushed back the new school start date from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24. Berryville’s last day of school will be May 28.
“We tried to make as minimal change to the original calendar as we possibly could,” Powell said.
The board approved the Ready for Learning plan, which includes giving students and families two different options — blended and virtual learning. The school district will partner with Acellus Learning for online lessons.
The board voted to renew the school district’s property and vehicle insurance, and approved the purchase of a Benchmark Reading Worskshop for the Intermediate School.
The school board also approved the resignations of middle school teacher Paige Record, middle school teacher Kevin Matthews, elementary teacher Danielle Talley, middle school cafeteria worker Megan Walker, bus mechanic and route driver Rebel Howard, bus route driver Kevin Matthews and custodian Cindy Weathers.
It approved the hires of Hannah Stone and Bryce Burden as middle school teachers, Cassie Staats as a junior high cheer coach, Sarah Pace as an elementary cafeteria worker, Robin Clark as an intermediate cafeteria worker, Whitney Johnson as a middle school cafeteria worker, Melanie Jobe, Tori Fife and Shirley Drezinski as high school cafeteria workers and Allison Gustavus as a special education paraprofessional.
The board also approved the transfer of Ashley Sharp from fifth grade teacher to K-5 literacy facilitator.
The school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.