Food ser­vices funds are in the black

Fer­gu­son cred­ited with suc­cess

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - ME­GAN DAVIS

The Pea Ridge School Board met last week to dis­cuss district busi­ness and re­view op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing the first week of the school year.

“We’re very ex­cited about the up­com­ing se­mes­ter and the work our staff is do­ing with our 2,200 stu­dents,” said Jeff Neil, board mem­ber.

As­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent Keith Martin be­gan by pre­sent­ing the Stu­dent Ser­vices Re­port.

He noted that, in years past, the district’s food ser­vice op­er­ated at a $170,000 deficit. This year, the pro­gram is cre­at­ing rev­enue of $140,000.

Martin at­tributes the 180-de­gree im­prove­ment to Julie Fer­gu­son, food ser­vices di­rec­tor.

“She has man­aged to im­prove ser­vice while also cut­ting food costs,” he said. “That money can now be used for salaries or up­dates on cam­pus.”

Martin re­ported that the HVACs through­out the district are run­ning, mod­u­lar rooms are op­er­at­ing and there is a wait­ing list for pre-kinder­garten en­roll­ment, thus he an­tic­i­pates the class will stay full through­out the year.

High School prin­ci­pal Charley Clark said the fa­cil­ity is deal­ing

with un­prece­dented stu­dent num­bers but “aca­dem­i­cally things are great.”

Les­lie Mo­line, Mid­dle School prinic­i­pal, said staff has been work­ing to re­solve sched­ul­ing con­flicts. Stu­dents are ex­cited about new elec­tives and classes of­fered this year.

In­ter­me­di­ate School prin­ci­pal Sarah Stokes re­ported a suc­cess­ful and safe view­ing of the so­lar eclipse. She also spoke about the school’s fo­cus on in­di­vid­ual teach­ing. Af­ter ini­tial tests, staff will re­view the data to per­son­al­ize their teach­ing ap­proach rather than “teach­ing to the mid­dle.”

Tracy Hager, Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal, said staff has been busy with new stu­dents and the sub­se­quent pa­per­work in ad­di­tion to mak­ing home vis­its to stu­dents who were ex­ces­sively ab­sent. As­sess­ments are cur­rently un­der­way and the Pri­mary School is also fo­cus­ing on per­son­al­ized learn­ing.

Bar­rett Robin­son, with the Pea Ridge Acad­emy, said stu­dents are adapt­ing well to be­ing on cam­pus af­ter the school’s re­cent re­lo­ca­tion.

“It’s great prac­tice be­cause, ideally, we want to re-en­ter them into the school full-time,” he said. “For now, some take one nor­mal class per day and oth­ers may take up to five.”

Ath­letic di­rec­tor Kevin Ramey told the board he is ex­cited to see the re­sults of the ath­lete’s hard work and prac­tice.

“Char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment, con­tin­ual im­prove­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion are our main pri­or­i­ties this year,” said Ramey.

Ramey re­ported 353 stu­dents en­rolled in fall sports this year — up from 340 last year. He said he ex­pects that num­ber to reach 500 with the in­clu­sion of spring sports.

In other busi­ness, the board:

• Voted to ap­prove the Stu­dent In­ter­net Pol­icy, us­ing the same In­ter­net fil­ter­ing pro­grams as years past. They also voted to ap­prove the re­newal of yearly con­tracts in­clud­ing those for school clean­ing and stu­dent coun­sel­ing servies;

• Spoke about the Ju­nior Po­lice Acad­emy that the Pea Ridge Po­lice Depart­ment would like to host in con­junc­tion with the schools. They hope to bring in guest speak­ers from re­gional FBI and Se­cret Ser­vice agen­cies as well as local law en­force­ment in an at­tempt to bridge the cur­rent dis­con­nect be­tween youth and law en­force­ment of­fi­cers;

• Hired Mor­ganne Rhine, first-grade teacher; Retta Shirley, Mid­dle School in­struc­tional aide; Scott Sis­son, fifth-grade teacher; Ni­c­hole Taylor, In­ter­me­di­ate School teacher; Taylor Jack­son, eighth-grade English teacher; Lincoln Carl­ton, teacher/in­struc­tional aide; and Kyle Ogle, High School math;

• Ap­proved trans­fers of Cassey Con­nior from High School teacher to ALE teacher; Mindy Bowl­ing from master teacher to as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal of the Pri­mary/In­ter­me­di­ate Schools; and Josh Reynolds from Mid­dle School to High School teacher;

• Ac­cepted per­son­nel trans­fers from Ben­tonville to Pea Ridge. “The space is avail­able to ac­co­mo­date the teach­ers and stu­dents,” said School Board pres­i­dent Sandy But­ton;

• Ac­cepted res­ig­na­tions of Jennifer De­celle, An­tronette Brown, John Os­mond and Lisa Henry;

• Ap­proved an out-of­s­tate school trip to Cassville, Mo.

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