Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hermitage School Board Discusses Charter Application

While conducting routine business during the July 11th monthly school board meeting, the superintendent and the board had a lengthy discussion about the possibility of applying to make the Hermitage School system a Charter School.  As explained by Superintendent Tucker and other school administrators, the benefits would be to provide more opportunities to students of the district.

As the discussion progressed there appeared to be some support for the concept while other members were concerned with how it would be perceived by the patrons of the district.  Dr. Tucker told the board they would decide what type of charter to apply for and that there are groups within and without of state government willing to help.  While no vote was taken, the board agreed to allow the superintendent to begin talking with district staff about the idea.

Reports were given by Dr. Tucker, who stated that the districts finances are in good shape, and by Mistie McGhee, Devin McDiarmid and Kashif Kincaid.  Signature cards were approved for a USDA grant to be used to buy kitchen equipment.

Dr. Tucker informed the board that the state has approved Hermitage for participation in the Community Eligibility  Program which will allow all students in the district to eat breakfast and lunch free.  She also talked about the severe teacher shortage in south Arkansas and the effort by all the schools of the region to secure a waiver that will allow for the hiring of teachers who have yet to receive their license but are working toward completion.

The following contracts for goods and services were approved:
Hiland for milk-sole bidder
Flowers Baking Co.-sole bidder
Farm Bureau-sole bidder for vehicle insurance
Gresham-low bid for propane
HSR was low bid for student accident insurance

Dr. Tucker informed the board that CAPCA terminated their lease of 4 classrooms for the migrant pre-K program.

After returning from executive session, the board voted to take the following actions:
Accepted the resignations of Magdalena Ramos as personal care aide and Carrie Beth Smith as paraprofessional.
Hired Sidney Kidwell for Kindergarten and Caira Willimans for second grade.

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