Beebe School Board Meets

Feb 13th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Education

The Beebe School Board met Monday night, Feb. 3rd.

Superintendent Dr. Belinda Shook congratulated Scott Jennings for being named Ark. Assoc. of Instructional Media (AAIM) administrator of the year.

A parent of a fifth grade student, Robyn Berner,  spoke to the board about the need for a place for students to put their backpacks and books. There are no lockers at the Middle School. Ms. Berner  asked the board to consider placing something there for the students so that they don’t have to carry their backpacks all day long.

Senior high student Jesse Kloss gave a presentation about her trip to Washington, D.C. to hear the State of the Union Address with Cong. Tim Griffin.

Beebe Elementary principal Cathy Payne and teachers: Ms. Vanaman, Ms. Cochran and Ms. Shuttleworth reported on their literacy program and the way in which they are helping new teachers by video taping literacy sessions.

Architect John McMorran spoke to the board about the plans for a new cafeteria with possible location at the northeast end of the 9-10 bldg. or between the 9-10 bldg. and the arena. The proposed amount is $3 million dollars and would add 400 additional seats to the arena plus add air conditioning. The board asked McMorran to bring back more details and more options. No action was taken.

Jerry Jordan, the district’s athletic director, spoke to the board about starting a soccer program for grades 9-12. He told the board that it would cost approx. $13,000 to get it started and that, according to a survey they conducted, there are 38 females and 26 males that are interested in the program. The issue will be put on the March agenda for a vote by the board.

In personnel matters, it was announced that Jerry Jordan, Athletic Director, will retire. Superintendent Dr. Belinda Shook said that he will be missed and had done a great job. Also leaving is Tracy Cox, Adm. Asst.  The board voted to re-hire administrators Dr. Rick Duff, Scott Embrey and Hal Crisco for the 2014-2015 school year. It was also announced that Scott Embrey will earn his doctorate degree next month.

In action items, the board voted: to spend $3,200 to pick up one month which the Air Force has dropped in the AFJROTC program; To approve a teacher of the year program; To approve the expenditure of  $28,397 for Space Camp; To approve the bid of a school bus for $104,468 from Central States Bus Sales.

It was announced that two start-up grants had been awarded to the high school 11-12 Career and Technical Education: Health Science Technology for $32,248.15 and Culinary Arts for $56,525.