Piggott School Board Holds Special Meeting

Friday, July 6, 2018

Members of the Piggott School Board convened for a special meeting Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. After waiving the reading of the minutes from the previous meeting, members turned their attention to new business.

ALE instructor Jon Wellman asked to address the board due to the fact he will be unable to attend the next regularly scheduled school board meeting, so Superintendent Barry DeHart allowed him to bring his business before the board.

Wellman explained that he had been in contact with Eric Turner, the president of Black River Technical College, regarding allowing Piggott students to obtain associate degrees while still in high school. He indicated the two associate degrees, Criminal Justice, which will be completely online and achieved in the distance learning lab, and Dietetics, will be available starting this fall to any student attending Piggott High School, as long as he or she is a junior. Next fall, they will most likely ad- on certificates in Welding and Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA). The following year, they will try to add two more, and will determine those degrees at a later time.

Wellman also explained that Piggott students will receive a 60 percent discount on tuition, and that there are scholarships students may apply for in order to help them pay for the 40 percent they will owe.

Wellman and DeHart also offered their thanks to State Rep. Joe Jett for his involvement with this project. The indicated Jett knew Turner and was able to speak with him and set up a meeting with Wellman. Superintendent DeHart is to speak to Turner moving forward regarding any details that need to be finalized or brought before the school board concerning the effort.

Wellman also announced that he obtained the funding for the greenhouse for the ALE class. The greenhouse will be portable, and around eight by 20 feet. The details regarding where the greenhouse will be placed and when it will be obtained are still being planned.

The board then went into executive session, reconvening after about an hour. Once back in regular session, members unanimously voted to accept the resignation of Walter Rau, chemistry teacher and assistant football coach. Rau also served as the girl's track coach, and is leaving the classroom for a full time job in the military.

Members of the board also unanimously approved the hire of Shelby Slaven as the new Lady Mohawk volleyball coach and a teacher. Slaven is a graduate of Westside, where she was a member of the outstanding Lady Warrior program. She completed her secondary education at Williams Baptist.

In addition, the board unanimously approved the IKE company's work on the school's parking lot, in addition to a $1,000 stipend for assistant coach and paraprofessional Will Daffron on the non-certified salary schedule.

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