Marmaduke School Board Meets

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Marmaduke School Board welcomed three students from Arkansas State University at Monday’s monthly meeting at the administrative offices. The students are majoring in secondary education and were on hand to witness the school board meeting as part of their class requirements.

The agenda for board members Kevin Hawley, Chuck Taylor, Chuck Long and Stacey Speer to consider dealt with a number of issues including curriculum, finances and personnel.

Superintendent Tim Gardner recommended to the board a new program of study for students at the high school -- Medical Office Administration.

With teacher Rhonda Fowler receiving a grant for her FCCLA classes, she was able to obtain a computer cart for her classroom. With the Carl Perkins funds for technical classes, only one additional class will be required and the curriculum can be presented through Fowler’s classroom computers.

An additional on-line class in ag-business will be considered over the summer, depending on a grant for another computer cart. The board agreed with Gardner’s recommendation to add Medical Office Administration as a course of study.

In board financial matters, the superintendent reported an ending balance of $2,408,292 for March. He noted those areas that routinely show low or negative balances. The superintendent presented the board with a list of checks written for the month and the board reviewed the list, approving all expenditures.

In further business, the board approved a legal transfer for a student from Paragould School District. The board accepted the resignation of several teachers from their extra-curricular positions -- Mike Cook and Debbie Richey as junior/senior sponsors; Mike Cook from peewee basketball, and Kyle Gardner as student council sponsor. The superintendent recommended accepting the resignations, adding that he has arranged for the positions to be filled.

Gardner informed the board regarding the employment of an assistant bookkeeper to begin May 1, receiving training in the job procedures. The board approved Destie West for the position. The board also approved a resolution allowing Calvin Busby, a retired electrician, to work on the wiring in the animal science barn and the ag-building.

In communication with the board for upcoming agenda items, Gardner discussed enrollment, budget considerations, fiscal responsibility regarding the infant and day-care programs and future considerations regarding House Bill 1155 as it affects Marmaduke School System. The superintendent will bring further information to the May meeting and look to the board members to make informed decisions regarding these issues.

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