Beebe School Board Hears of Accomplishments of Beebe’s Special Olympic Team Members and AFJROTC Inspection

Feb 14th, 2013 | By admin | Category: News and Features

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

Gwen Lane, Beebe School District Special Olympic Coordinator,  spoke to the Beebe School Board Monday night about the accomplishments the students have made recently. “Both Jr. and Sr. high teams placed 1st in their categories and individuals all got medals in the bowling competition at state,” Ms. Lane said. She said that the track and field area is where the students are most competitive with students achieving state champions in the discus and long jump for the past two years. She thanked the board for their support of the Special Olympic team and asked for their continued support.

The Beebe AFJROTC officers presented the results of a recent inspection in which they were deemed to have “exceeded standards” - the highest ranking. They discussed their goals of having 134 cadets next year  and talked about the charities they work with in town. Board member Harold Davis presented the four officers with medals of appreciation for their leadership.  Major Tim Jones is their Commander.

In the personnel resignations, it was announced the Ms. Rhonda Smith, Middle School Principal will be resigning at the end of this school semester. She has 37 years of educational experience. Supt. Dr. Belinda Shook and other board members complimented her on her dedication to the district.

In employment, the administrators were rehired for the 2013-2014 school year.

Hal Crisco, Asst. Superintendent for Maintenance & Transportation, told the board of two bids he had for school buses. The board voted to purchase two school buses from Central State Bus Sales at a cost of $104,020. each. They will have air conditioning and air brakes. The district plans to retire two old buses that are 20 years old with over 100,000 miles on them.

Rick Duff, Asst. Superintendent for Business, gave a report on the 2012 audit. The district had no significant deficiencies.

The board approved membership in the Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Embrey, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, informed the board about a new testing system which will be in place for the 2014 school year regarding PARCC testing. It will require the purchase of more computers. No action was taken on that matter.

A parent spoke to the board at the beginning of the meeting regarding the policy on make-up work. He made suggestions that would allow one additional day to complete work missed while out of school. The handbook committee will consider the recommendation when they meet in the spring.