Park­ers Chapel School Board ap­proves up­grades, pol­icy up­dates

El Dorado News-Times - - In Our Schools - By Cait­lan But­ler Staff Writer

Park­ers Chapel School Board met in a reg­u­lar ses­sion last Mon­day to con­sider up­dates to their fire alarm sys­tem and an awning out­side the cafe­te­ria.

Chris Brant­ley from Arkansas United Fire Sup­pres­sion gave a pre­sen­ta­tion to the Board be­fore their vote.

“All the build­ings will be on one panel, as op­posed to five dif­fer­ent pan­els,” said PCSD Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael White. The Board voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove the new alarm sys­tem.

The Board also voted unan­i­mously to up­grade an awning out­side of the newly ren­o­vated cafe­te­ria. White said that pre­vi­ously, the build­ing had a sim­ple sheet metal awning, which had to be moved dur­ing last year’s ren­o­va­tion. The Board de­cided to re­place the awnings with ones that will match the rest around the school. White said the cost would be about $12,000.

One stu­dent trans­fer re­quest, from El Do­rado School District to PCSD, was ap­proved. The Board also up­dated sev­eral poli­cies, in­clud­ing one re­gard­ing school choice rules and one hav­ing to do with class­room size.

State law says that ex­cept for cour­ses that lend them­selves to large group in­struc­tion, one teacher may not be as­signed more than 150 stu­dents. White said that af­ter re­ceiv­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion from the state, they re­vised their pol­icy to re­flect that guid­ance.

“Like a PE class, it’s not deemed to be a ‘small class,’ so if the PE teacher has more than 150 stu­dents, it’s not an is­sue,” White ex­plained.

The Board unan­i­mously ac­cepted the el­e­men­tary and high school prin­ci­pals’ rec­om­men­da­tions for their cer­ti­fied staff mem­bers for the 2018 school year.

The South­east Arkansas Re­gional art con­test was held April 8 in the Spencer Gallery at the Univer­sity of Arkansas Mon­ti­cello. The fol­low­ing stu­dents from Bar­ton Jr. High re­ceived awards for their art­work. All first place win­ners’ art­work will be...

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