Piggott School Board Meets

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Work is underway on the new floor design for the PHS gym, which will be completed in time for the next home game.
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Members of the Piggott Schools Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 3.

During the gathering, the board addressed hiring a locksmith. During the discussion, superintendent Barry DeHart reported he had spoken with two locksmith companies, one of which never placed a bid. He noted Certified Locksmiths, of Kennett, bid the job for $1,438. This price included new locks for the new, middle and old gyms, as well as 75 keys. The board agreed they would not need that many keys, so the price should reflect a reduction. He also indicated it is possible that the job could be done over Christmas break. The board unanimously agreed to hire Certified Locksmiths, and DeHart was instructed to get the final price and bring it to the board.

After about an hour in executive session, the board reconvened. Afterward, they unanimously agreed to hire Richard Smart as the band director for the second semester, and as a long-term sub.

Additionally, the board agreed to approve the classified salary schedule. Starting in January 2019, minimum wage will be raised to $9.25. DeHart noted this change only affects two workers, however it will affect more in the future. The board is to visit the matter again in the future to discuss restructuring the salary schedule to accommodate for the minimum wage raise for the next couple of years.

Furthermore, the board discussed a change in health insurance contribution by the school from $155,93 to $159.48. Which DeHart indicated was 38 cents more than they are required to contribute. The superintendent recommended the board approve this change, and all members agreed.

In his superintendentís updates, DeHart mentions school will be dismissed at 2 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 19; the ACT will be given on the high school campus on Dec. 8; Casey Simpson reports the people behind the grant for his greenhouse would visit the campus on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. and the work on the gym floors will begin on Dec. 5. In addition, the board commended the Piggott Hospital for their generous donations of food for kids over the holiday break, and mentioned how well the ACT Aspire Awards Assembly went this past week.

Also, the board unanimously approved the reading of minutes from previous meetings, the financial reports. They also instructed DeHart to obtain bids for interest rates on checking accounts and CDís and to pay Shawna Stone for the first semester of lunch duty.

The board also agreed to move their meetings indefinitely to the third Monday of the month beginning in January.

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