Rector School Board Meets

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Personnel matters dominated Monday afternoon's regular meeting of the Rector School Board. During the gathering, held earlier in the day due to the Cougar's district tournament game, the contracts of both principals were extended and two resignations were accepted and their replacements hired. The board also voted to accept the low bid on purchase of a new bus, and approved the financial reports.

With all members in attendance, along with Superintendent Johnny Fowler and principals Wade Williams and Nate Henderson, the meeting was called to order by President Jody Simmons.

After dispensing with the usual consent agenda items, the board turned its attention to the January financial report. Fowler indicated the general fund balance was $1,970,744.69 while the building fund and federal funds stood at $2,421,276.47.

The report was approved on a vote of 5-0.

Next, Williams gave his report on activities at RHS, which he indicated had been running smoothly. "We're getting ready for testing, that will be coming up soon," he noted. "I've also heard a lot of good reports on the trip to New York and Washington, D.C., the kids behaved, really had a blast and learned a good lesson."

He also offered a word of congratulations to band member Blake LaRue, as he was selected to the All-State band for the second year in a row.

"Things are going great at elementary," Henderson offered during his update. "We had our academic rally recently, and recognized a lot of kids. We're really pleased with the ones who were included in "most improved" since we've put emphasis on improving grades since Christmas."

The board also offered their congratulations to the RES LEGO team for their recent successes.

Board members then turned their attention to bids on the purchase of a new bus, agreeing to the acquisition of a unit from Central States Bus Sales at an estimated cost of $84,500.

"This is in line with our every-other-year plan to purchase buses, and the price does include air conditioning," Fowler explained.

The purchase was approved without dissent.

Next on the agenda were two resignations, including Heidi Henderson as yearbook adviser and Amber Bucy as cheer coach. "Both of them are remaining with the district, and will continue in their regular jobs--they're just resigning from those specific duties," Fowler explained.

The resignations were approved on a voice vote of 5-0.

The board members then voted to enter into an executive session to consider replacements for the two positions, and the extension of the principal's contracts.

After a brief session, the board reconvened and addressed the personnel matters. Based on Fowler's recommendation, Cobi Hendrix was hired as the new yearbook adviser in addition to her regular teaching duties. In turn, Brittany Clark was assigned the duties of cheer coach in addition to her regular assignment. Both were approved without dissent.

Fowler then offered his recommendation to re-hire both principals for the coming school year, with both measures passing on a vote of 5-0.

Afterward, the board voted to adjourn.

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