Board honors choir stu­dent, card de­sign­ers

■ Tech­nol­ogy pur­chases post­poned

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - SU­SAN HOL­LAND shol­[email protected]

GRAVETTE — Sally Bird, a se­nior at Gravette High School, was present at the De­cem­ber meet­ing of the Gravette school board. She was in­tro­duced and rec­og­nized as a fi­nal­ist for all-re­gion choir. Choir in­struc­tor Kris Schoeppey ex­plained that Bird com­peted against 120 other girls in schools through­out the area to win the honor. Stu­dents pre­pared four pieces for the com­pe­ti­tion and per­formed three of the four for the try­outs. Bird is also a mem­ber of the GHS track team, whose mem­bers re­cently re­ceived rings for win­ning the 2018 4x800 re­lay state cham­pi­onship. Bird, Gra­cie Berger and Mikey Lar­son at­tended the meet­ing. An­other track team mem­ber, Shylee Mor­ri­son, was ab­sent.

Win­ners of the an­nual school Christ­mas card com­pe­ti­tion also at­tended the board meet­ing. Each year stu­dents from each school are hon­ored by hav­ing their Christ­mas card de­signs cho­sen to be printed and used for cards sent out by the dis­trict. Sec­ond-grader Luis Es­co­bar, win­ner for Glenn Duffy Ele­men­tary School, and ninth grader Chloe Lu­cas, win­ner at Gravette High School, were present and dis­played their win­ning de­signs. Fourth-grader Hay­ley Fultz, win­ner at Gravette Up­per Ele­men­tary, and Ly­dia Mo­rales (Luis’ sis­ter), win­ner at Gravette Mid­dle School, were ab­sent. Each win­ner re­ceived a packet of cards for his or her own use.

All the stu­dents who at­tended the meet­ing and were hon­ored for be­ing track and card de­sign win­ners led the pledge of al­le­giance to the United States flag to open the meet­ing.

Den­nis Kur­czek, busi­ness man­ager, gave the fi­nan­cial re­port for the month of Novem­ber.

Shan­non Mitchell, high school prin­ci­pal, gave the ACT As­pire re­port with a com­par­i­son of 2017 and 2018 stu­dent per­for­mance. Carla Hicks, math in­struc­tor, also re­ported on an en­rich­ment pro­gram that has im­proved stu­dent per­for­mance and said an af­ter-school tu­tor­ing pro­gram has been started. She said in­ter­view­ing was be­ing done for a teacher for a quan­ti­ta­tive lit­er­acy class.

Mitchell also re­ported on an ex­pul­sion al­ter­na­tive she has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing through the Arkansas Pub­lic School Re­source Cen­ter. It would pro­vide an on­line cur­ricu­lum which could also be used for home­schooled stu­dents. A stu­dent par­tic­i­pat­ing would have to agree to cer­tain guide­lines, in­clud­ing weekly drug tests. The de­ci­sion of whether a stu­dent could par­tic­i­pate would be based on his his­tory, and the board would have to ap­prove each ap­pli­cant.

Five stu­dent trans­fer re­quests were ap­proved as pre­sented. Two stu­dents who moved to Gen­try re­quested to re­main in the Gravette schools, one stu­dent from Gravette was ap­proved to at­tend Spring­dale schools, and two stu­dents from De­catur will at­tend Gravette schools.

Board mem­bers voted to au­tho­rize Richard Carver, trans­porta­tion, cus­to­dial and main­te­nance de­part­ment su­per­vi­sor, to seek bids for a new bus. Carver said he had up­dated the main­te­nance mas­ter plan but it is still a work in progress. He re­quested that board mem­bers sub­mit any de­sired changes to him by Feb. 1.

Daniel Rice, tech­nol­ogy di­rec­tor, pre­sented rec­om­men­da­tions for cam­era up­grades at Gravette High School so that the high school will have its own cam­era sys­tem and will not be on the same server as the ele­men­tary school. He wishes to re­place 16 ana­log cam­eras with dig­i­tal cam­eras which will have bet­ter pic­ture qual­ity. Richard Page, su­per­in­ten­dent of schools, sug­gested that Rice present a chart of what cam­era in­stal­la­tion has been done and what is still needed. Tracy Moor­man, board pres­i­dent, said he would like to see a pro­jec­tion of what is needed over­all, and board mem­ber Hope Duke asked that it in­clude what will be needed in the fu­ture. Zane Van­der­pool, prin­ci­pal at Glenn Duffy Ele­men­tary, stressed the im­por­tance of the cam­eras in help­ing pre­vent bul­ly­ing, theft from back­packs and van­dal­ism. Duke asked if any lo­cal busi­nesses could sup­ply the needed cam­eras, and Rice said there were only three providers in the state that could sup­ply the de­sired equip­ment and none were lo­cal.

Rice was asked to come to the Jan­uary board meet­ing with more in­for­ma­tion about costs of cam­eras, to­tal cost of re­pair­ing all cam­eras and plac­ing some new ones in the dis­trict and es­ti­mates of how many cam­eras were needed.

Rice also pre­sented a re­quest for ad­di­tional Chrome­books for the dis­trict. He said the Chrome­book carts have been re­plen­ished but he wishes to have enough Chrome­books to send one home with each child. An in­crease in break­ages re­sults in a need for more units. He said he is look­ing into leas­ing Chrome­books and pre­sented a pro­posal to pur­chase 200 Dell Chrome­books at a cost of $50,292, to be paid from stu­dent growth funds. The mo­tion failed with a 3-3 split vote.

Rice was re­quested to come back in Jan­uary with costs and fur­ther info on Chrome­books as well.

Den­nis Kur­czek pre­sented a pro­posal for pur­chas­ing cards. The present credit card sys­tem re­quires fill­ing out pur­chase or­ders, and he said pur­chas­ing cards would save time and would be more ef­fi­cient since there would be less pa­per­work. Credit could be loaded on the cards on­line and that would be con­ve­nient for such things as bus driv­ers need­ing to pur­chase parts or ath­letic de­part­ment trips to state tour­na­ment games. Board mem­bers voted to ap­prove im­ple­ment­ing the pur­chas­ing card pro­gram through the rec­om­men­da­tion of the APSRC and to use Ar­vest Bank with the con­di­tion that Kur­czek re­views other bank’s ser­vices for com­pet­i­tive rates.

Board mem­bers went into ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion to con­sider the res­ig­na­tions of three per­son­nel. Af­ter a half hour, they re­turned to reg­u­lar ses­sion and voted to ap­prove the res­ig­na­tion of An­gela Ca­tron, para­pro­fes­sional, ef­fec­tive Dec. 24. The board re­ceived the res­ig­na­tions of Karen Cer­venka, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher, and Ma­son In­gle, high school ge­om­e­try teacher, but did not ap­prove or ac­cept those res­ig­na­tions.

The board re­viewed the cost anal­y­sis sheet and elim­i­nated items from the list for the new gym.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

Sally Bird flashes a smile at the De­cem­ber meet­ing of the Gravette school board. She was hon­ored at the meet­ing for be­ing an all-re­gion fi­nal­ist in choir, hav­ing com­peted with 120 girls from through­out the area for the honor. Sally is also a mem­ber of the Gravette High School track team which won the 2018 4x800 re­lay state cham­pi­onship. She and her team­mates re­cently re­ceived their cham­pi­onship rings.

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