Construction, Personnel Dominate Piggott School Board Meeting
Members of the Piggott School Board met in special session on Wednesday, May 24, as they addressed a number of personnel matters. The board also heard an update on the construction projects at Parker Field from Coach Michael Harrell.
With board member Chris Roberts absent from the gathering, the meeting was called to order at the administrative offices. The board then heard the update from Harrell on the construction and renovation at the football field.
He indicated the pad for the new storage building had been poured, and hoped the structure could be completed by the weekend. Harrell also indicated the track base had failed yet another percolation test, which has forced them to dig up a section of the damp aggregate and replace it with dry material.
“We decided the best course of action would be to dig up the wet area and put in dry material,” Harrell concluded. “But, any additional work would be paid for by the contractor.”
He also reported that he was working with the fencing company on their part of the project, and indicated they had reduced the amount needed by about half.
Harrell also reported the current concession stand has been cleaned-out in preparation for the expansion project, and indicated work would be continuing as the weather allows.
As of Tuesday morning the material had been replaced, although a rainy forecast continued to hold the project hostage.
Following the discussion on the football field and track, the board entered into an executive session which included the district's attorney, Donn Mixon, which lasted just short of two hours. After re-convening they handled a few personnel matters.
Based on interim superintendent Barry DeHart's recommendation, the board voted to hire Stephen Harryman, of Piggott, as the new high school history teacher. A retired military man, Harryman has been serving as a substitute in the local district for the past two years.
The board also voted, on DeHart's recommendation, to hire Amanda Russom as the new high school science teacher. A product of the Rector district, she is a resident of the Carryville community, and the past two years has taught at Hayti Schools.
The board also voted to rescind the earlier resignation of Brock Swann and assign him as the new PES principal. In turn, the current principal, Anthony Dowdy, will be reassigned as well in the days to come.
Afterward, the board members voted to adjourn.