Beebe School Board Approves Changes to Middle School Storm Shelter

Oct 18th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Top Story

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

The Beebe School Board met Monday night, October 8 for their regular monthly meeting.

The board heard a report from Lisa Boone on the different insurance options which will be available to teachers. There are three plans which all include premium increases. The teachers will study each plan and make their choices in the near future.

The board also viewed a presentation from Beebe Elementary principal Cathy Payne. She told the board what is new at that building telling the board that the slogan for this year for their building is “Setting the World on Fire.” The emphasis for their building is communication which includes teachers sending out a newsletter each week; counselors sending emails to parents and a newsletter every other week. They also update their web page frequently. Ms. Payne talked about their Watchdog Dad program, literacy night and the family center.

In resignations, Dr. Shook told the board that AFJR ROTC Sgt. Carl Trout will be resigning. She expressed her sorrow that he will be leaving the program.

The new board officers for 2012-2013 were announced. They are: Harold Davis, Pres.; Lucy Mahoney, V.P. and Robert Jenkins, Sec.

The board heard a report from the architects regarding the bids for the middle school safe room. They were higher than expected and the board agreed spend $54,400 more to have the roof sloped. The total price is approx. $928,791 with FEMA paying $661,500.

Asst. superintendent Scott Embrey gave an annual report to the public which showed the school grew by one student this year from last year and stated that the ADE accreditation status of all the various buildings in the district - with all being accredited. School improvement showed two buildings needing improvement but after appeal, the district believes the two buildings will show they are achieving.

The next  school board meeting will be November 19th, instead of November 12th as previously scheduled.