Green Forest board approves fuel-tank contract

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Green Forest school board, meeting Monday, Aug. 17, approved the hiring of Timmons Oil to install two 2,000-gallon fuel tanks on the campus.

The school has a five-year agreement with the company, during which it will use the tanks and pay 30 cents per gallon. Timmons will own and maintain the tanks.

The board also approved after-school tutoring for middle and high school students who need it, which the district does every year. Teachers will be paid $35 an hour for tutoring.

Facilities director Aliza Jones and Modus Studio architect Josh Siebert were at the meeting to discuss the school district’s long-term plan.

“We’re looking at our projected 10-year enrollment number by the state,” Green Forest superintendent Matt Summers said. “We’re starting the conversation on what will be the best way to deal with our growth.”

Also at the meeting, the board approved IXL Learning.

“We’ve used that for eight or nine years,” Summers said. “It’s a K-8 resource for individualized instruction. ... It will be for our face-to-face students as well as our virtual students.”

In other business, the board approved a resolution pursuant to ACA and statement of assurances to protect prayer in schools.

It also approved the school’s contribution to employee health insurance, which went up by 26 cents, to $183.11 per employee.

“Per state law, as your salary goes up, your contribution for health insurance must also go up,” Summers said.

The board then approved a reading improvement plan.

“We’ve hired a reading teacher and a dyslexia teacher for 6-12... all of those were done last year and fully implemented this year,” Summers said.

The board approved two alternate student class schedules for students with jobs so they can go to school for a half day and work the rest, and a few student transfers.

It also approved to hire Anthony Dale as a tech director and Judy Hess as a custodian and food service worked. It approved to increase Michael Gibbs to a six-hour food service worker. It also accepted the resignations of Jerry Henson and Rebekah Parton.

The school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21.

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