Berryville board approves personnel moves

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Berryville Board of Education met for a regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 21, and while the agenda seemed quite loaded, superintendent Owen Powell described it as a quick meeting.

Owen Powell

“It was just one of those board meetings,” Powell said. “It seemed like we did a lot, but there wasn’t a lot to talk about.”

Aside from routine financial reports and fund balance transfers, a large part of the approximately 20-minute meeting, according to Powell, was spent on personnel matters.

“We did quite a bit of personnel stuff,” Powell said.

The board accepted the resignations of Jennifer McCarty from the cafeteria; bus driver Renee Doss; intermediate special education paraprofessional Kamryn Smith; intermediate teachers Melissa Woods, April Stiglbauer and Kimber Davidson; and high school teacher Jennifer Penaflorida.

The board voted to hire Shelby Scitern as a middle school paraprofessional; Richard Mark Pepple and Auston Crow as bus drivers; McCarty as a cafeteria substitute; Marvin Gene Pierce as an elementary ALE teacher, Sara Beth Bailey as a second grade teacher; and Isabella Sadler as a kindergarten teacher.

In addition, the board approved the transfers of Sarah Pace from cafeteria to middle school ALE paraprofessional, Tori Fife from a six-hour cafeteria position to a 6.5-hour cafeteria position, Kristin Whetham to head track coach and Andrew Killingsworth to assistant track coach.

Among summer school personnel, the board accepted the resignation of bus driver Jesse Parker and hired bus driver Auston Crow.

In addition to addressing personnel matters, the board voted to approve student transfers, Arkansas School Board Association policy manual changes, the Chromebook Use Procedures and Guidelines Policy, the creation of an additional special education paraprofessional position and minor changes to the student handbooks.

“We didn’t make any major changes to the handbook,” Powell said. “It was really just kind of cleaning it up.”

The board also received the annual Nurses’ Report, approved the district’s paper order and the purchase of custodial supplies and fuel and approved the food service bids as presented.

The Berryville board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 19, at the district administration building.

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