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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Waldron School Board Meets

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The regular monthly meeting of the Waldron School Board was held in the Central Office Building Monday, July 8, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Clay Woodall, Stan Cottrell, Angela Hunsucker and Konnor McKay. Board member Mac Davis was not present. Others present were Superintendent Daniel Fielding, Chris Lipham, Kim Solomon, Zack Taylor, Chelsea Ridenhour, Cheyenne Smith, Tonya Cluck, Darla Jeffery and Toni Dozier.

President Woodall called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m.

Mr. Woodall welcomed everyone.

Mr. Konnor McKay began the meeting with a word of prayer.

Mrs. Angela Hunsucker led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion was made by Angela Hunsucker and seconded by Konnor McKay to approve the Consent Agenda items: A) Approval of the June 10th and June 19th Minutes; B) Approve Financial Reports and Expenditures; C) Approve Invoice to Health Special Risk, Inc; D) Approve Bill of Sale to Crain Kia of Fort Smith. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Konnor McKay and seconded by Angela Hunsucker to approve the Petition for Transfer of Students. Motion carried 4-0.

The principals from each building reported on the great job that the student workers have done in the buildings with waxing the floors, painting and getting the buildings ready for students. Mrs. Solomon reported that ABC/First Step enrollment is looking to be up from last year. She also reported that their grant got approved. Mrs. Jeffery, Elementary Principal, reported that Robin with NIET has been contracted to work with staff on planning and leadership. Mr. Taylor informed the board members that there are no students having to be retained at Middle School after the completion of summer school.

Assistant Superintendent Chris Lipham informed the school board members that dead week is now over. He also let them know of the possibility of adding e-sports in the future.

Superintendent Daniel Fielding also stated that student workers have done an excellent job this summer. He and the board members discussed the possible dates for the annual Beardsley Financial meeting.

Adjourned to executive session. Time dismissed: 6:48 Time returned: 7:26

A motion was made by Konnor McKay and seconded by Stan Cottrell to approve the resignations of Phylisa Millard from Food Service and Becky Staggs as ABC/First Step Paraprofessional as of the end of 2023/24 SY. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Stan Cottrell and seconded by Angela Hunsucker to hire Debra O’Neill as Food Service cook for the 2024-25 SY. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Konnor McKay and seconded by Angela Hunsucker to hire Mary Beth Tinder as Food Service cook, with 2 years’ experience, for the 2024-25 SY. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Stan Cottrell and seconded by Konnor McKay to hire Faith Brown as School Based Mental Health Specialist for the 2024-25 SY, with a 196-day contract. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Angela Hunsucker and seconded by Konnor McKay to hire Courtney Evans for Elementary Paraprofessional for the 2024/25 SY, pending the passing of the paraprofessional assessment. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Stan Cottrell and seconded by Konnor McKay to hire Cassidee Tucker as 5th Grade Math Teacher for the 2024-25 SY, pending that she meets the requirements. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Angela Hunsucker and seconded by Konnor McKay to transfer Gina Efurd from a 218-day contract to a 238-day contract as AOA Secretary for the 2024-25 SY. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Stan Cottrell and seconded by Konnor McKay to adjourn. Motion carried 4-0.

Meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m.

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