The regular monthly meeting of the Waldron School Board was held in the Central Office Building Monday, January 9, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Clay Woodall, Angela Hunsucker, Mac Davis and Konnor McKay. Tammye Sherrill was not present. Others present were Superintendent Daniel Fielding, Misty Owens, Kim Solomon, Cheyenne Smith, Ryan Walker, Toni Dozier, Chris Lipham, Kristi Sigman, Darla Jeffery, Tonya Cluck, Keith Brigance and Zack Taylor.
President Woodall called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Mr. Konnor McKay began the meeting with a word of prayer.
Angela Hunsucker led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Superintendent Fielding informed everyone that January is School Board Member Appreciation month, and he recognized the school board members for their service to our school.
A motion was made by Angela Hunsucker and seconded by Mac Davis to approve the Consent Agenda items: A) Approval of the December 12th and December 13th Minutes; B) Approve Financial Reports and Expenditures; C) Approve Purchase Orders to White River Services; D) Approve Purchase Orders to ITSavvy. Motion carried 4-0.
Superintendent Fielding informed each of the school board members of the number of training hours they received for 2022. All of the board members have received the required number of training hours.
The principals reported on each of their schools. Mr. Walker reported that Adventure Online Academy currently has 30 students enrolled. Mrs. Jeffery expressed her gratitude to the custodial and maintenance staff for all their hard work on Christmas break with the pipes bursting. She also stated that on January 20th, Yo-yo Around the World will be at the Elementary and Middle Schools. Mr. Taylor informed the board members of the Spelling Bee winners, they are as follows: Hailey Grey, 1st place, Lucey Faber, 2nd place, and Kayla Tedford, 3rd place. Mr. Taylor was also excited to announce that there was iReady growth building wide with 60% growth in Math and 58% growth in ELA. Mrs. Solomon reported that Dog Days have been effective with lowering student absences. The WHS Band got top ratings at their last competition. She also informed the board about Freckle Math, which is a program being utilized to improve growth on individual levels. According to Mrs. Solomon, there was an increase in students that scored gold or platinum on Work Keys this year.
Assistant Superintendent Chris Lipham stated that there are two new buses that were purchased that are going to be used as trip buses this spring, then route buses next school year. Basketball is in full swing. Sr. High Cheerleaders competed at State Cheer and did very well. Mr. Lipham also bragged on the social media presence each of the buildings have had, he has heard great feedback. Tyson Foods donated money to purchase chairs for the Waldron Athletic Complex, thank you for your support!
Superintendent Fielding and Assistant Superintendent Lipham both praised the custodians and maintenance crew for all their efforts and hard work at the Elementary School with the pipes bursting. Mr. Fielding gave the board members an update of the progress on the Eddie Harrison house that building trades is remodeling. Mr. Fielding also wanted to say thank you to the City of Waldron and Tyson for lending aid during the last few weeks at the Elementary School. The community support has been outstanding!
A motion was made by Konnor McKay and seconded by Mac Davis to accept the resignation from Dayna Mays from Food Service as of 01-01-2023. Motion carried 4-0.
A motion was made by Konnor McKay and seconded by Mac Davis to accept the resignation from Doug Powell as Head Football Coach only, as of the end of 2022/23 SY. Motion carried 4-0.
A motion was made by Mac Davis and seconded by Angela Hunsucker to accept the resignation from Verna Quain as Middle School Special Education Teacher as of the end of 2022/23 SY. Motion carried 4-0.
A motion was made by Angela Hunsucker and seconded by Mac Davis to extend Superintendent Fielding’s contract for one more year starting July 1, 2025 through June 30, 2026. Motion carried 4-0.
A motion was made by Mac Davis and seconded by Angela Hunsucker to extend Assistant Superintendent Lipham’s contract for one more year starting July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. Motion carried 4-0.
A motion was made by Konnor McKay and seconded by Angela Hunsucker to adjourn. Motion carried 4-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:09 p.m.