Rector hires new teachers

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Rector High School will welcome some new teachers next year. Nicki Wicker of Piggott will teach junior high math and Elliot Jacobs of Jonesboro will be the new head football coach and physical education instructor.

Wicker is a 1993 graduate of Piggott High School who recently graduated from ASU with a BSE in math. Jacobs, a former member of the ASU football and baseball teams, has played professional baseball and football. "He's got a lot of enthusiasm," high school principal Wade Williams said. "I think he'll be great."

Superintendent Rob Louder showed board members an architect's drawing of the floor plan for the remodeled superintendent's building. The interior will be decorated in blue and grey. Bids were accepted for the project from Ramson's, Inc., for general construction; Co-Ord Glass for glass and glazing; R & G Masonry for Masonry, and RGB Mechanics for plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. In each case when multiple bids were offered, the lowest bid was accepted.

Williams said he was very pleased with the graduation ceremonies. He said the most compliments he received were about the comfortable temperature and the sound. "People told me they really enjoyed the air and that they could hear," he said. The band also got compliments for its improved performance.

Cheerleading tryouts were held since the last board meeting, with 12 junior high cheerleaders and seven high school cheerleaders selected. Williams also said the prom and after-prom went well, as well as the athletic banquet.

Elementary principal Johnny Fowler said Benchmark testing is finished and elementary classes are taking their end-of-year trips. The 2006-2007 school year will end a week from Friday (May 25).

In other business the school board:

* accepted the resignation of senior high special education teacher Lura Holifield after 35 years of teaching.

* accepted the resignations of junior high math teacher Shelly Applegate and football coach B.J. Applegate, who will be moving to Dewitt.

* accepted the resignation of Mary Curtis as food service supervisor after 33 years of service.

* accepted the resignation of Louise Shelton from the cafeteria staff.

* agreed to allow second grade teacher and cheerleading sponsor Jade Mount to rent the district's rent-house that will be vacated when the Applegates move. Louder said some work needs to be done to the outside of the house this summer.

* promoted Mary Williams to food service supervisor.

* promoted Mary Sanders to head cook.

* noted the district's total assets are $2,341,455.27.

* learned from Louder that he has sent the final request for transitional money from the state.

* accepted two students through school choice who currently are attending Rector High School.

* voted to allow Louder to sell two school buses with a minimum bid price of $1,500. The buses are a 1992 Ford and a 1993 Ford.

* extended the contract of Linda Stills for psychological services for one year.

* noted the 2007-2008 school year will begin Aug. 20 and end May 23. School will be out for two days at Labor Day, three days at Thanksgiving, two weeks between Dec. 22 and Jan. 7, and one day in February. Spring break will be the last week of March 2008.

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