Green Forest board approves adjusted school calendar

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Green Forest School Board approved an adjusted school calendar at its meeting Monday, July 20.

The school gave a survey to students and families on two different options after Gov. Asa Hutchinson moved the school start date from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24.

“We took one day off our Thanksgiving break, which we’re normally off that whole week for. We’ll attend the Monday, Nov. 23,” Summers said. “And we scratched the President’s Day holiday, Feb. 15, which will put our last day of school at May 21.”

The school board also approved guidelines for school reopening, which are listed on the district’s website under “Parent links.” There is also sign-up available for students who choose to attend virtually only.

The board also voted to purchase students’ school supplies, which will cost the school about $21,410.89.

“That’s the bare-bones essentials, so you won’t see the classroom supplies lists at the store,” Summers said. “That does not include backpacks.”

The board also voted to renew the Go Math curriculum for grades 1 to 3 for the school’s seventh year.

The board voted give kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers $500 each for classroom supplies.

The board discussed purchasing fuel tanks for the transportation department from Timmons Oil, which will be discussed in more detail later with a representative from Timmons.

“This company would come and provide tanks, and we’d have to partner with them for five years as our fuel provider,” Summers said.

The board renewed its certificate of deposit at 1.1 percent interest, with a balance of $1,050,948.91, through Anstaff Bank.

The board also approved the dates for professional development, a federal application for title funds and migrant education assurances.

The school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

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