Piggott School Board Hires Coach, Approves Textbook Purchase

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Piggott School Board met for its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 10, in a gathering which had been delayed from the day before. The meeting had been pushed back to allow members the opportunity to attend the visitation for board member Jennifer Rahn's mother, who had passed away prior to the gathering.

After about an hour in executive session, the board reconvened and approved the hire of Don Simmons as an assistant football coach. Simmons has 40 years of coaching experience, over 30 of which were spent coaching in Kansas. He comes to the job after spending the past few years as the head man at Greene County Tech.

Superintendent Barry DeHart reported to the board that high school teacher Penny Veal had requested the purchase of textbooks for one of her courses, although he was unsure if it was keyboarding or careers. He indicated the total amount of the purchase would be $5834.50. After a brief discussion, the board decided to unanimously approve the purchase.

The board discussed the bread bids, including one from Sysco. DeHart indicated the company already delivers the majority of the school's food and, using this company, the board is not required to obtain bids. The board unanimously approved the purchase of bread from the firm based on superintendent DeHart's recommendation. They also discussed the annual milk bid, with the only one submitted by Prairie Farms. This was also approved unanimously.

Furthermore, members discussed the high school's and elementary school's wellness policy. This policy details goals for school nutrition, as well as offers information to the staff and students about eating right and staying healthy. DeHart recommended the board approve the policy, and all agreed to do so.

DeHart also reported over the past several years, Piggott school has used SubTeach to provide substitutes for teachers. He noted the district paid around $3,000 more on SubTeach this past year, but this was partially due to having a sub for each coach. The board briefly discussed the matter, then unanimously approved to continue using SubTeach in the coming year.

Superintendent DeHart also informed the board that the parking lot lines would be repainted and that there are “No Trespassing” signs on the way. Also, he mentioned that the elementary school roof project is proceeding as planned.

In addition, the board unanimously agreed to approve the minutes from the previous meeting, the financial reports. They also unanimously agreed to hire Linda Ray as an elementary cafeteria cook.

In other business, the discussion and approval of the transfer of operating funds to building funds in Period 13 of 2017-2018 was tabled. The board agreed to meet Thursday, July 19, for a special meeting to consider this matter.

Board member Jennifer Rahn was absent from the meeting due to the death in her family.

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