Rector School Board Reviews District Plan
The Rector School Board reviewed the district's six-year plan prior to Monday's monthly meeting.
Student projections are shown to decline from 605 students this year to 396 by 2024. "We've been defying the odds over the last few years and these projections have been wrong before -- hopefully that trend continues," superintendent Jerry Fowler said. Currently there are 270 high school students and 335 elementary students enrolled. No large building projects are foreseen in the plan and data showed the buildings the school uses are in good shape.
During the school board meeting elementary principal Nate Henderson presented data on the district's Facebook page showing positive reactions from the area since its start in October. On average each post engaged 140 people and each post is viewed an average of 85 times, Henderson said. He added one post in particular was viewed over 3,100 times and many are being viewed 300 to 500 times. "I feel like people are really enjoying the page and we have a good mix of high school and grade school posts," Henderson said.
He also informed the board that homecoming is set for Friday, Jan. 22, and senior night will be Feb. 11.
The board then approved resolutions, one approving the six-year master plan and another to review employees' hours every 12 months for the Affordable Care Act.
Pre-school teacher Bridgette Scott's resignation was accepted. She cited having taken a position as LEAP teacher at Piggott Head Start as her reason for leaving.
Amber Bucy was approved to take over as cheerleading sponsor and will receive a stipend of $750. Bucy has been in the role since Rachel McNamee's resignation at the end of football season.
Beverly Stone, who has been working in the lunchroom, was approved to be added under contract as permanent staff.
The district's total operating fund at the end of November was $1,776,209.13. The building fund is $775,500 and all funds totaled $2,554,641.23.