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School Board Discusses Option to Buy Former Hardware Store


The Mansfield School Board met on Monday, February 25 for their monthly meeting. After approving the financial reports and minutes from the previous month, the board was presented with Superintendent Robert Ross’ report.

Tina Smith, Director of Instructional Services and Federal Programs, and Elementary Principal Kim Arnold have been visiting area schools, looking at their elementary ALE (alternative learning experience) classrooms.

Ross informed the board that work on the rock gym has been underway. According to Ross, half of the flooring has been replaced, and Mansfield’s West Fraser will be donating the lumber to complete the remaining repairs. That work is expected to take place over the summer.

Next, he presented the board with an estimate on the former Hurt’s Hardware building. That building is currently owned by Farmers Bank and is up for sale. The asking price is $325,000 and the district is entertaining the notion to convert the building into an indoor softball/baseball and weight training facility.


“I think it would be great for the community,” said Ross. Ross added that the school held the option to sell the surplus 40 acres that was purchased when the new high school was built to help fund the purchase. The board took no action on this item of business.

The board took the following action:

  • approved a motion to advertise for mowing bids
  • waived 1.6 GPA for student graduation
  • approved DHS summer feeding program, which will coincide with the summer school program
  • accepted the resignation of a bus driver and first grade teacher
  • accepted a resignation and retirement letter
  • approved the estimated budget of expenditures for 2020-2021
  • approved the salary schedules for 2019-2020
  • renewed contracts for administrators

The next school board meeting will be March 25.

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