Friday, July 19, 2019

Lake Levee Breaks

The residents of the Sylvan Hills area in West Warren have experienced an unusual problem.  The lake that most of the homes are built around experienced a breach in the levee on the North end and the lake has drained to almost empty.  There is no known damage to any residence in the area but the water has emptied into the low land north of the Warren City Limits and is on its way through Franklin Creek and on to the Saline River.

The levee has been weak for some time and it is likely the latest heavy rains finally cut through the dirt structure and drained the lake.  It certainly changes the current view.  Most of the homes back yards border the lake.

The subdivision was built years ago prior to the area being annexed into the city limits.  A property owners association was formed to control zoning type issues.  Later the City of Warren annexed the area and took ownership of the streets.  Wastewater lines were added and the city provides all city services to the neighborhoods.  The lake itself is not public property.  The property owners that border the lake, also own the lake.  The levee was not and is not public property.

To our knowledge, the City of Warren fared decently well in the face of the heavy rains we recently received from "mother nature."  There has been no serious damage to streets or private property that has been reported.  City street crews have worked long, hard hours trying to keep the drainage working and any repairs needed, made in a timely fashion.

Hermitage City Council Meeting July 15th

The Hermitage City Council met July 15th for the July monthly meeting.  Police Chief Ben Poole reported that six citations were issued in June.  No fires occurred.  Water samples were good.

It was reported that SWDA fees were increased from 30 to 40 cents per month.  SWDA stands for Solid Waste Disposal Act.

Mayor Kendrix advised she has been appointed to the Arkansas Municipal League Executive Committee.  She reported that LIHEAP will be in Hermitage at City Hall on July 23rd.  She also reported that the Fun Park Grant is on schedule to be completed this month.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Southeast Bradley Water District to Receive Loan and Grant

(Little Rock) - The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission announced today, approval of a loan, with principal forgiveness, from the Arkansas Drinking Water State Revolving Fund in an amount up to $505,323 to the Southeast Bradley Water District, according to Commission Chairman Sloan Hampton.  The project will be co-funded with USDA-Rural Development providing a loan of $275,000 and a grant of $1,597,000.

The Executive Director will establish the combined annual borrower rate and additional loan terms and conditions including the requirement to establish and maintain a depreciation reserve fund.

“The funds will be used to replace the water lines within the Banks service area, abandoning the Banks well and plant, and connecting the Banks service area to the Southeast Bradley County Water District system. By doing this the Banks service area customers will experience more reliable and higher quality water for years to come," said Mark Bennett, ANRC Water Development Division Manager.

Macedonia to Hold "Back To School Bash"

Macedonia Baptist Church at 768 U.S. Hwy 63 North will hold it's annual "BACK TO SCHOOL BASH" Saturday July 27th from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.

Back packs full of supplies will be handed out! There will be hot dogs, chips and cookies. The Gospel Bus will be there with bouncy houses and games.

Everyone is invited to attend!

Work Ready Celebration

Local officials, state officials, educational personnel and others gathered Wednesday, July 17th at the National Guard Readiness Center located in the City of Warren Industrial Park.  The purpose of the program was to acknowledge Bradley County as being designated an "ACT Work Ready Community."  The program certifies that a trained workforce is available for business and industry in the County.

County Judge Klay McKinney gave the welcome.  State Representative Jeff Wardlaw recognized Bradley County as having received state designation as a Workforce Ready Community..  John Lipton recognized the various partners that helped accomplish the certification and made a point to thank Donna Lawhon, former Executive Director of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission, for being the person that got the program underway and is largely responsible for making the project a reality.

State Senator Eddie Cheatham introduced Governor Asa Hutchinson who gave the key note address.  The Governor talked about what it takes to recruit jobs to a community.  He stated a prepared workforce is essential as are industrial sites and incentives.  He congratulated Bradley County on securing the designation and for other efforts. He stated he just returned from Europe from a recruiting trip.

In closing remarks, Warren Mayor Denisa Pennington thanked everyone involved for the hard work spent in gaining the certification and stressed the importance of a strong and capable workforce.  The program concluded with a reception sponsored by the BCEDC.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Intermodal Votes to Sign Railroad Agreement, Pay Expenses

The Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board has voted to sign an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad and to pay the fee and other expenses required to cross the rail line that runs through the intermodal park.  This issue has been ongoing for some four years.  The board voted to have their attorney review the agreement first and if in order authorize the board Chairman to sign.  Upon signing the agreement, the board will pay $11,700.00 to Union Pacific plus engineering fees that are unknown at this time, but is estimated at around $18,000.00.  It is possible the engineering cost may be less.  It is anticipated that the construction cost of moving the rail road switch, that will be required, could cost $38,000.00 or more.  Chairman John Lipton told the board they have the money and will not ask the cities and counties for any help on this issue.  The proximity  of the switch to the crossing has been the issue for the four years.

There was considerable discussion among the board about the cause of this long standing problem.  While there was considerable unhappiness voiced, most of the members stated they agreed to do whatever is required and spend what they have to in order to get the crossing approved and built.

Members of the board also brought up the fact that the City of Monticello faces some issues providing water and sewer service to the park.  Members of the board from Monticello and Drew County stated they have heard the Mayor say, the issues will be solved at some time in the future.

The board approved the financial report for the month and authorized payment of monthly bills.
The report continues to list the following amounts as owed by the cities and counties:
*Drew County-$9,872.54
*Bradley County-$156,667.20 (Note: Bradley County continues to conduct work on the site
along with the Heavy Equipment School from UAM.
The board meeting was conducted July 17th in the conference room of BCEDC.

Celebrating Man's Landing on the Moon!

Have you ever wondered who ran the television cameras while Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon?  To learn more read the NASA report on the feature page.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Community/Economic Development Committee Meets

Two of the three members of the Warren City Council's Community and Economic Development Committee met Monday, July 15th in the Municipal Courtroom at 4:30 P.M.  Present were Committee Chairman Joel Tolefree, committee member Council Member Dorothy Henderson and Mayor Denisa Pennington.  The meeting had been scheduled during the monthly council meeting of July 8th. The third member of the committee is Council Member Angela Marshall.

After a very brief meeting, the committee voted to recommend to the full council that Warren bid out a "Request for Qualifications" to pursue a consultant to recruit business and industry to Warren.  They asked Mayor Pennington to develop an RFQ package for final consideration by the committee. 

Under the concept of accepting RFQs, the city will advertise for an individual or company to contract with the city to recruit business.  The city will review the qualifications of the bidders and select one to negotiate a contract; including price.  A contract can only be for one year at a time.

The city council has been discussing this issue since January of 2019.  There have been formal and informal talks under way within the committee and other council members and the Mayor over the past six months.  Any final recommendation from the committee will require approval of the full city council.    

Quorum Court Approves Expenses For Architect

Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney and Purple Heart Recipient Jimmy Lewis
Seven of the nine members of the Bradley County Quorum were present Monday, July 15th for the monthly Quorum Court meeting.  The Court adopted several ordinances after approving regular monthly reports.

Upon a recommendation by County Judge Klay McKinney, the court voted 7-0 to purchased a used garbage truck from Ashley County for $25,000.00.  The truck is an automatic loader that will dump garbage containers without the need for manpower.  The county is moving toward a system of collecting garbage without personnel riding the trucks and throwing garbage.  Garbage will be picked up by the trucks with only a driver required.  Judge McKinney told the Justices that he wanted to buy the used truck and train his drivers using it prior to purchasing new trucks.  The used vehicle will be kept as a back up truck once the new equipment is purchased.

Mr. Jimmy Lewis, a Purple Heart recipient, addressed the court and presented a plaque to the county proclaiming Bradley County as "A Purple Heart County."  Mr. Lewis stated he grew up in Cornersville and attended school in Star City.

Justices then approved a contract of obligation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to cover the liability of the county landfill.  Ordinances were passed to comply with state law allowing the county to do business with Quorum Court Members Bobby Hargrave and Jimmy Sledge.

The court then approved an ordinance authorizing the County Judge to enter an agreement with an architectural firm to provide a study of and make plans for the utilization of the county building, north of the Courthouse on First Street, that currently houses the Cooperative Extension offices.  Plans call for the Extension Service to relocate to the "old" Health Department building on N. Bragg Street.  This should occur within the next few weeks.  The county is looking at the building on First Street to be remodeled to house the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.  The authorization allows the Judge to spend up to $50,000.00 for architectural services.

Judge McKinney informed the court that the county has documented some $301,000.00 of damage as the result of the June 9, 2019 storm.  He indicated in the past the federal government would pay 75%, the state 12.5% and the county would be responsible for 12.5%.  The Judge indicated the state will no longer pay their 12.5% leaving the county paying the full 25%.

2019 Sales Tax Holiday

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday August 3, 2019, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday August 4, 2019, the State of Arkansas will hold its sales tax holiday allowing shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain School Supplies, School Art Supplies, School Instructional Materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax. 

All retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday.

ACT Work Ready Community Celebration

The public is invited to a program to be held Wednesday, July 17th to celebrate Bradley County as a "Work Ready Community."  The program will be held beginning at 2:00 P.M. and will take place in the National Guard Readiness Center at 101 Industrial Drive Rd.  Governor Asa Hutchinson will give the key note address.  Local and state elected officials will be present and a reception will be provided by the Bradley county Economic Development Commission.  National Career Readiness Certificate earners are also invited to attend.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP

Chamber Votes to Buy Land/Appoint Committee

The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board met Monday, July 15th for their regualr monthly meeting.  Normal business was conducted by approving the minutes of the last meeting and review and approval of the financial report.

There was considerable discussion relating to the subject of combining the organization with the Bradley County Economic Development Commission or merging the management of the two groups in some manner.  The board ultimately voted to authorize the Chamber Executive Committee to appoint a committee to prepare a proposal to present to the BCEDC Board.  Prior to the vote, a letter was read from JeNelle Lipton voicing her opposition to legally merging the two entities.  Several board members voiced their thoughts that it was time to make a decision of some kind.

The Chamber Board then voted to authorize the purchase of a lot adjacent to the Chamber owned "Arts and Craft" building, which is just south of Molly's Diner.  The lot has been donated to the University of Arkansas at Monticello by the Steeleman Family.  The family left money and holdings to the college to be provided to the Nursing program at UAM.  The Chamber will pay $9,000.00 for the lot for use by the Tomato Festival Committee.  Funding will be provided by existing funds that have been raised over the years by sale of a Tomato Festival Cookbook.  Since the Festival Committee is an arm of the Chamber, the purchase required Chamber approval.

Monday, July 15, 2019

SEARKconcert Members Meet to Update Bradley County on Coming Programs

Lori Ramsey
Members of SEARKconcert met at Golden Girls in Warren July 11th to update the people of Bradley County on upcoming programs to be provided by the organization.  Lori Ramsey, President, spoke to those in attendance and provided information about the upcoming season and accomplishments and dreams for the SMArts program in Bradley County.  SEARKconcert works to bring the arts to Southeast Arkansas and has done so since 1976.  Programs include music, dance and theatre.

To become a member contact the following:
P.O. Box 3072
Monticello, AR 71656 or
call 870-460-1888

Memberships per year are as follows:
*Benefactor-$600.00, gets 6 season tickets
*Sustainer-$400.00, gets 4 season tickets
*Patron-$300.00, gets 3 season tickets
*Friend-$200.00, gets 2 season tickets
*Associate-$100.00, gets 1 season ticket

SEARKconcert is a non=profit organization and serves the counties of Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln.

SHARE Foundation Awarded

SHARE Foundation was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Arkansas. This seventh annual program was created by Arkansas Business and Best Companies Group.

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Arkansas, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 46 companies. SHARE Foundation has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Arkansas.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;

- Be a publicly or privately held business;

- Have a facility in Arkansas;

- Have at least 15 employees in Arkansas;

- Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Arkansas. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Arkansas, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings.

The winners will be revealed at a special event on September 26, 2019, and then published in a special supplement of Arkansas Business on September 30, 2019.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Arkansas program, visit

Movie Night Set for August 2

The Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition and Warren YMCA will host Movie Night at the Pool on  August 2nd 6:30-8:30 Movie Night at YMCA. The Movie is Finding Nemo, Admission is Free to anyone wanting to attend the Movie at the poolside or in the pools. . Refreshments will be served.

Arrest Report: July 14, 2019

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Yanet Jeronimo, 1509 S. Main, Warren, AR, 5-18-97, arrested on warrant (7-9-19)

James Baldwin, 609 N. Martin, Warren, AR, 2-15-83, Possession of Schedule 2, possession of drug paraphernalia (7-9-19

Kenneth Allen Johnson, Jr., 3390 N. 167, Hampton, AR, 9-15-56, charged with driving on suspended driver's license (7-9-19)

Deandre Smith, 144 Bradley County Road, Warren,  AR, 8-27-93, Arrested on warrant (7-15-19)

Eric Booker, 331 W. College, Monticello, AR, 9-2-81, arrested on warrant (7-10-91)

Trace Moffatt, 149 Bradley Rd. 93, Hamburg, AR 2-14-19, charged with DUI-drugs (7-13-19)

Anthony Cooper, 713 George St., Warren, AR 9-9-62, Charged with criminal trespassing (7-14-19)

Beef Council to Meet

A meeting of the Arkansas Beef Council has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 19 at the Farm Bureau Center in Little Rock.

Primary agenda items include: Year-end Financial Reports; Finalizing and Adopting the FY 2020 Beef Council Budget; and reports on recent activities.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Pedestrian Fatally Struck at Longview

According to the Arkansas State Police Fatal Crash Report three pedestrians were struck by a 2012 Dodge Ram as they stood in the Westbound lane of State Highway 8 near the Bradley/Ashley county line due to an ATV accident.  One pedestrian, 40 year old Jennifer Denise Davidson of Fountain Hill, was fatally injured.  Two others were injured: 44 year old Jarvis Ramelle Miller and 41 year old Marcus Darnell Miller.  They were transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.

The accident occurred at 9:20 p.m., Saturday, July 13 under clear weather conditions with the road being dry.

This Week in the House: Representative Jeff Wardlaw

The number of Arkansas children in foster care has fallen by more than 700 since reaching an all-time high in 2016.  That information was part of an annual report presented a legislative committee this week.

 On Tuesday, the Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) presented its annual Family Preservation Report to the Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee.

The report outlines progress made and areas for improvement when it comes to the most vulnerable children in our state.

We learned from the report that the number of children in foster care declined by more than 10% during 2018. That is a decrease of 507 children.

 Additional funding for DHS approved by the legislature in recent years has helped to increase the number of caseworkers and decrease the average worker caseload. As a result we are seeing children placed in permanent homes sooner and fewer children re-entering the foster care system.

Adoptions were finalized for 969 children in 2018, similar to the previous year and a 16% increase since 2016.

When it comes to areas for improvement, the report notes that the agency struggled to place children close to the homes from which they were removed. A total of 69% resided in either their home county or a neighboring county at the end of 2018, similar to previous years.

Children who are removed from their parents or guardian do better when placed with family members or people they know. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are often willing to help and make the child feel safe and loved. The percentage of children in care residing with relatives was 27–29% over the past three years. While this is well above the relative placement rate from years ago it is still below the aspiring goal of 33%.

The report breaks down all of the information by every county in the state. We will use this information to continue our efforts in creating policies to keep children in a safe and loving environment. We have posted this report on our website

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1/2 Garden and Statuary Items
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1/2 Tomato Garden Clogs
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Make us an offer on a painting

Register to Win a Gift Card for a FREE Painting Class.  Drawing will be held July 31 at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Giant Oak Falls on Lines Causing Disruption

City of Warren Street Crew and Entergy crews worked until late in the night to clear debris from a large oak tree that split and fell mid-afternoon Friday.  The tree knocked down lines and caused power surges across the city,  and knocked out power to a large portion of North Warren.  It also took down Cablevision lines and other internet services. At least two utility poles were snapped in half and the home of Gregg Reep experienced the ripping off of their junction box from the side of their home.  As of Saturday afternoon, area residents who lost AT&T power were being told that the earliest possible time to schedule repairs was Tuesday,

Friday, July 12, 2019

Phones working again!

According to the Mayor's Office, the telephone service is working again in the Municipak Building.

Fred's In Warren Closing/Pharmacy To Remain Open For Now

According to a press release, Fred's Super Dollar store is set to close another 129 stores throughout the United States, including the Warren, Arkansas location.

However, according to a press release provided by Fred's, the Warren Fred's pharmacy will remain open, at least for the time being.

"All pharmacies(including the 69 within the 129 stores referenced above) will remain open and the Company will continue to fulfill prescriptions at its pharmacy locations, as it continues to pursue the sale of its remaining pharmacy locations and opportunities to monetize pieces of its real estate portfolio," says Fred's statement.

The announcement of the closing was made Friday according to USA Today.

Fred's, Inc. announced the closure of a number of other locations earlier this year, and hopes were high that the Warren Fred's would not be closed.  However, 35 Fred's locations in Mississippi, 19 in Tennessee, 14 in Georgia, 12 in Louisiana, and 13 in Arkansas were just notified of their termination.

The Monticello Fred's closing was announced months ago, but today's closing not only includes Warren's location, but also Star City, Dumas, and Lake Village.

Potter Reaches Cappucino Level Four

Eva Potter is the first person to reach the Cappuccino level of our Read-A-Latte reading challenge! She has read 100 books!! Way to go Eva!!

Kessler to Lead Lions Club

Tim Kessler, left, accepts the gavel as he takes over as Warren Lions Club president from Michael Sparks. Not pictured, other officers elected are Vice President Gregg Reep, Treasurer James Wells and Secretary David King.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

July 12, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – The state Human Services Department is reviewing every case this year in which people have been denied assisted living or home care services in the Living Choices and ARChoices programs.

Until January of this year, DHS staff used to determine whether people were eligible. The criteria include their medical condition, for example, whether or not they have a disability or dementia. Also, their financial income is a factor.

One of the most important criteria is their “functionality,” which means how well they can get around, clean themselves, prepare meals and go to the bathroom by themselves.

People who are elderly and frail qualify, as do people 21 and over who have a physical disability.

In January, DHS began using a new assessment tool to determine eligibility. The assessments are also used to set levels of care. Under federal regulations, eligibility for home care and assisted living is determined by an independent agency, not by the beneficiary’s physician or health care provider.

DHS has a contract with a private company called Optum Healthcare Solutions, Inc. to conduct the assessments.

Since January, DHS officials and legislators have been receiving complaints from people who have been denied services from Living Choices and ARChoices. Of the people who have been assessed this year, 44 percent of those in assisted living were denied and 31 percent who received some type of help from ARChoices have been denied.

DHS is working with Optum, and is reviewing 551 denials in the ARChoices program and 225 denials in the Living Choices program. A deputy director from DHS told lawmakers that the reviews should be complete by the end of July.

People who have been denied already and have filed an appeal have the option of continuing with their appeal or choosing a new assessment.

According to testimony at the legislative committee, people who have been in assisted living facilities for several years have been denied renewal. That is frightening to the ones who no longer have a home or resources to find a place to live. That’s why DHS is making it a priority to review their cases.

At a joint meeting of Senate and House Committees, several legislators expressed their frustration with the denials and with Optum, in strong terms. One frustration is that it takes too long to get an assessment, because of a lack of personnel. According to the DHS official, Optum has replaced some of its staff since the complaints have become more numerous.

Other lawmakers reminded their colleagues on the committee that it was the legislature that directed DHS to find cost savings in Medicaid and health programs.

One legislator said that it would be good if the state “grandfathered in” everyone who already is in assisted living, but a DHS official said that federal law requires regular reassessments to determine eligibility.

When the state’s contract with Optum is due to be renewed, it’s expected that the controversy over assessments will come up again.

Living Choices serves about 1,000 people in 59 assisted living facilities across Arkansas, and ARChoices about 8,800 people.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Warren Water & Sewer to Increase Services Fees

This IS NOT a Water & Sewer Rate Increase.

Effective September 1, 2019 Warren Water & Sewer will be increasing miscellaneous service fees.  These increases are necessary due to the rising cost of operations and to ensure that the fees are covering the cost to the service provided.  Otherwise, that cost would be unfairly recovered from everyone in the customer base.  Warren Water & Sewer tries to maintain low service fees; however, this increase is necessary to maintain a high level of customer service.  This will be the first fee increase for the department in over 20 years.  Fees to increase include delinquent, transfer, and returned check fee all increasing to $25.00, and trip fees are increasing to $15.00.  While the department is increasing miscellaneous fees, the water and sewer rates will remain the same and this will have no effect on the customer’s monthly bill.  For a full list of fees or if you have any questions you may contact Warren Water & Sewer at (870) 226-2321.

City Gets Another Grant For Depot

As previously reported by SRC, Mayor Pennington informed the Warren City Council, during their regular monthly meeting conducted July 8th, that the city has been awarded another grant to continue the renovation of the Rail Road Depot on Cedar Street.  The amount of the grant was incorrectly listed in the city council report by SRC.   According to Mayor Pennington, the grant is in the amount of $45,000.00.  The funding will be provided by the Arkansas Department of Heritage.  The City of Warren will be providing some matching funds in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions.

This is another in a series of grants the city has secured to renovate and upgrade the Depot facility to make it usable by the public.  The building will have an indoor/outdoor pavilion and office type space.  It is adjacent to the City Park and will be part of the Park Complex.  The building will be capable of serving the community in a number of ways for recreation and business activities.

The structure is on the "Historic Register."  It is owned by the City of Warren.  This phase of construction is not the completion of the project but will be another step toward making the building and grounds usable.  The property was originally donated by the former rail road owner. 

Warren School District Releases Information

July 10, 2019

Enrollment for students new to Warren School District:
The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 13, 2019.  Students new to the Warren School District should come to the administration office located at 408 Cherry St, to enroll no later than July 31, 2019. Monday - Thursday 7:30-4, Friday - Closed.  Summer hours will end Friday July 26, 2019.  You may pick up enrollment forms at the administration office or print the forms from this link: Please bring all required documents to complete registration.

Warren School District Staff:
Warren School District will open the 2019-2020 school year with a Flex PD day for Certified Staff on Friday, August 2 and staff/professional development for all staff on August 5-8, 2019 beginning at 8:00 am on August 5.  All staff will meet at the Warren Cultural Center and then report to their assigned building.  Lunch from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm will be provided by Union Bank, it will be delivered to the buildings.  On Tuesday, August 6, lunch will be from 11:00 until 12:00 pm provided by Immanuel Baptist Church at the IBC Family Life Center.  Wednesday and Thursday, Certified Staff will be at Immanuel Baptist Church, lunch will be on your own.  August 9 is a Flex PD day for Certified Staff.  Classified Orientation will be held Friday, August 6, from 8:00 am until 11:00 am at the Administration Office.

2019-2020 School Year, all students will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost because of the continuation of the CEP(Community Eligibility Program.)

ABC Preschool will have Meet and Greet night on August 8, 2019 from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm at the ABC building.

First day of school: August 13, 2019

Discovery Drive: (Kindergarten)
* 4 - Boxes of Crayola Crayons (24 count)
* 2 – large glue sticks
* 2 - 4pks of Expo Black erase markers
* 1 – package of wood pencils (no plastic coating)
* 2 – plastic folders with prongs
* 1 – plastic school box
* 1 – pair of Fiskar scissors
* 1 - package of unlined index cards
* Headphones (no earbuds)(the plug that goes into the device has to be straight not “L” shaped)

Learning Lane: (1st grade)
* 1 - box of #2 pencils (yellow only)
* 4 - glue sticks
* 3 - Boxes of Crayola Crayons (16 Count)
*10 - Large Expo Dry Erase Markers (Black only)
* 2 - Composition notebooks
* Fiskar Scissors
* 1 - pkg Crayola Thin Markers
* zipper pencil bag
* backpack
* 2 - Plastic 3 prong folder with pockets
* Headphones/Earbuds (the plug that goes into the device has to be straight not “L” shaped)

 Achievement Avenue:  (2nd grade)
* Backpack
* 4 - large pink erasers
* 2 - packages of Mega Brand USA Gold pencils
* 1 - pkg Post It notes
* 2 -  Boxes of Crayola Crayons (24 Count)
* 2 - Elmer's Glue sticks
* 1 - Pkg Yellow Highlighters
* 2 folders with pockets (No Brads)
* 1 - Composition notebook - NOT Spiral
* 1 - pair of fiskar scissors
* 1 - package of wide ruled loose leaf paper
* 1 - Red folder for Art
* * Headphones (needed daily) – (NO earbuds, must have a straight adaptor to fit a chromebook, must be replaced when needed)

Productive Parkway: (3rd grade)
* 2 -  plastic folders with prongs
* 2 - Spiral notebooks

* 1 - Box Crayola Crayons (24 Count)
* 8 - Expo markers
* 2 - Glue sticks
* 1 - pkg of markers
* Headphones
* Backpack
* Wooden pencils (no plastic coating)

*Students are expected to always have pencils throughout the year.  Please continually check with your child to make sure that he/she has pencils every day.
 *Students need headphones to use with their Chromebooks.  Please replace these throughout the year if your child loses or breaks his/her headphones.  They are necessary to use for many things, including tests, throughout the year.


Other brands do not work as well.
Write your child’s name on all items.
Inquire often to see if your child needs school supplies. 

Eastside Class Meetings
Class Meetings will be Thursday, August 8 from 5-7

4th Grade:
* Trapper Keeper with Zipper
* 8 Pack of Dividers
* 3 -  Pkgs of loose leaf paper
* 50 - clear plastic page protectors
* 2 - Pkgs of Clorox wipes
* 2 - Pkgs of kleenex
* 4 - Pkgs of pencils
* 1 - bottle of hand sanitizer
* 2 - Pkgs Expo Markers (4 different colors)

5th Grade:
* 3 - Pkgs of loose leaf paper
* 3 - Pocket folders with prongs
* 1 - White 1in binder with clear sleeve on the front
* 2 - 1in binders with clear sleeve on front (any color)
* 3 - Pkgs of pocket dividers (5 tab)
* 2 - Pkgs of Expo markers (4 different colors)
* 1 - Pkg of clear sheet protectors (20-25 count)

For Homeroom:
* 1 - Pencil Bag (not box)
* 2 - Bottles of hand sanitizers
* 2 - Boxes of Kleenex
* 2 - Pkgs of Lysol wipes
* 1 - Pair of earbuds
* 3 - Pkgs of pencils

Brunson Open House:
August 6, 2019
5th Grade - 5:30pm
4th Grade - 6:00pm

Middle School

6th grade
Math- all supplies provided
Science- all supplies provided
English/Reading- 1 Plastic RED folder with prongs and pockets. College rule loose leaf paper
Social Studies- all supplies provided
All Classes-
Pencil and paper

 7th grade
Math- all supplies provided
Science- 1- pocket folder, 1 pack of loose leaf paper, dividers,1 ½” binder
Social Studies- 1.5’’ 3 ring binder, 1 pack of loose leaf paper
English- 1 plastic YELLOW folder with prongs and pockets. College rule loose leaf paper                
All Classes-
2 packages pencils

8th grade
Math- all supplies provided
Science- 1 pkg of loose leaf paper
English- 1 plastic BLUE folder with prongs and pockets. College rule loose leaf paper
Social Studies- 1 folder with prongs, 1 pack of loose leaf paper
All Classes-
2 packages pencils                       
1 package of pens

6th-8th Mrs.  Penny Vanderzwalm’s Math
1- 2 inch binder
1- Composition notebook
1-  Pkg. college ruled loose leaf paper
2 -packages of # 2 pencils  (No pump lead)
1 Pencil bag with holes for binder

6th-8th class for Mrs. Kristin Weeks’ Literacy
1- 2 inch binder - with 3 dividers
1- Composition notebook
1- notebook

Middle School Orientation / Registration
August 01, 2019

8th Grade - 11:00-12:00
7th Grade - 1:00-2:00
6th Grade - 2:30-4:00

Please bring the following:
$5.00 Locker Fee
Registration Packet - District and school set -  both can be printed from the website (also available at orientation).
 Be prepared to take a picture ID for your WMS Badge.

WHS Orientation
Senior schedule pick-up - Monday, July 29 8:30 - 11:30 & 12:30 - 3:00

Junior schedule pick-up - Tuesday, July 30 8:30 - 11:30 & 12:30 - 3:00

Sophomore schedule pick-up - Wednesday, July 31 8:30 - 11:30 & 12:30 - 3:00

Freshman Orientation - Thursday, August 1 at 10:00am in the WHS Cafeteria

Locker fee $5.00
Student Parking Pass Fee $5.00 and will need Driver's license, Registration and Insurance. A list of required materials will be given on the first day of school.

Personnel Moves Made By Hermitage School Board

The Hermitage School Board met for their regular monthly meeting July 8th in the School District Boardroom.  Reports were given and financial reports were reviewed and approved.  The following bids were approved:
*Bread-Flowers Bakery
*Propane-Gresham, $1.49 per gallon pre-booked
*Property Insurance-ASBA, $34,928.46
*Vehicles Insurance-Farm Bureau, $11,136.28
The board then accepted handbook changes as presented by Mistie McGhee.

Board members then approved ADE curriculum standards for instruction and voted to approve the Blue Sky bid for a camera system, control access system and badge maker in an amount up to $139,000.00. 

After returning from executive session the following votes were taken:
*Accepted the resignation of Dakotah Timmons as high school literacy teacher and yearbook sponsor.
*Hired Jamie Corker as yearbook sponsor.
*Hired Mistie McGhee as cheer sponsor.
*Hired Kashif Kincaid as assistant basketball coach for Jr. and Sr. High boys teams. 
*Hired Sandra Savage as an hourly employee at $23.00 per hour to serve as Business Manager/District Treasure.
*Remove Leslie Huitt as District Treasure/Business manager from checking accounts and other financial signatory and financial control positions.
*Designate Sandra Savage as signatory and authorized person to conduct financial activities.
*Authorized Dr. Tucker to hire employees to fill vacant positions before school starts.  This currently includes high school literacy, K-12 library media, elementary computer specialist and bus drivers. 

The meeting was adjourned.