Beebe School Board Recognizes Student Achievements Highlights of Annual Report Given

Oct 17th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Education

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

The Beebe School Board met Monday night for their regular monthly meeting. This was the first meeting with two new school board members - Clay Goff, who ran unopposed, and Janet Hines, who was appointed to fill the seat of Lucy Mahoney - who resigned. Hines is a former school board member who agreed to fill out Mahoney’s term.

It was announced at the school board meeting that Rick Duff had successfully completed his doctoral studies. The board and Dr. Shook congratulated him on his achievement.

The board recognized several students for their impressive achievements.  Counselor Carla Choate presented Katie McGraw and Audrey Kirk for their National Merit status. McGraw has made it to National Merit Semifinalist and Kirk is a National Merit Commended Student. The finals for National Merit will be announced in February.

G/T teacher Ms. Tammy Deaton presented the AAIMS program students. These students had high marks in their testing and the Beebe High School students were presented with $10,900 for their achievements. The students presented were: Sarah Davis, Audra Kirk, Jessica Lang, Brandon Lercher, Katie McGraw, Dani Peterson, Kristen Walters and Ryan Coleman.

Raises were discussed for licensed and certified personnel. The raises - when approved - will be given in December. The amount discussed was $1,000 for licensed personnel and a 3% raise for certified. Board president Harold Davis asked Dr. Shook to explore the salaries given at area schools and then come back and give the board comparisons with $500, $750 and $1,000 raises. It will be discussed at the next regular board meeting. Dr. Shook said with recent retirements, the salaries this October are only $200 more than last October. She stated that salaries make up about 80% of the budget. The current starting salary for teachers is $37,500. If a $1,000 raise is implemented it would go up to $38,500.

In other action, the board:

•  Approved the Coca Cola contract for money to be received from Oct. 2013- until May 2018 will be approx. $49,475.

•  Discussed and tabled - background checks for school volunteers. This would include anyone who works with the children on school property or goes on field trips. The topic will be discussed at the next regular meeting.

•  The Annual Report to the Public included the district growth which was from 3,181 to 3,239 students; committed projects for the Master Plan is the high school 9-10 cafeteria -which the district has 3 years to begin; athletic expenditures of $1,156,387.02; Gifted and Talented expenditures of $211,757.78; Maintenance and Operation expenditures of $2,196,774.59;  and Title I, Title II-A and Title VI-State funds were discussed.