The regular monthly meeting of the Waldron School Board was held in the Central Office Building Monday, April 12, 2021,at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Tammye Sherrill, Clay Woodall, Angela Hunsucker, Christi Johnston and Mac Davis. Others present were Superintendent Daniel Fielding, Misty Owens, Lisa Allen, Kim Solomon, Kristi Sigman, Michael Galinato, Josh Atchley, Zack Taylor, Darla Jeffery, Ryan Walker, Chris Lipham, Tucker Brown, Josh Brown, Toni Dozier, Cody Parks and Keith Brigance.
President Tammye Sherrill called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. and welcomed everyone to the meeting. Davis began the meeting with a word of prayer. Hunsucker led the Pledge of Allegiance.
A motion was made by Hunsucker and seconded by Johnston to approve the Consent Agenda items: A) Approval of the March 8th and March 15th Minutes; B) Approve Financial Reports and Expenditures; C) Approve Jana Pschier, SLP Contract for 2021-22 SY; D) Approve Tiffany A. Boster-Poor, MED., CCC-SLP, LLC Contract for 2021-22- SY; E) Approve Building Blocks Pediatric Therapy, PA Contract for 2021-22- SY; F) Approve ADE Special Education Local School District Application for Part B Funds, Statement of Intent; G) Approve Purchase Orders for ITSAVVY; H) Approve Purchase Orders for White River Services; I) Review and Approve Implementation of School Level Improvement Plans. Motion carried 5-0.
A motion was made by Woodall and seconded by Davis to approve the two new bus lease agreements. Motion carried 5-0.
A motion was made by Johnston and seconded by Woodall to approve the audit report. Motion carried 5-0.
A motion was made by Davis and seconded by Hunsucker to eliminate the policy for masks effective immediately. Motion carried 5-0.
A motion was made by Johnston and seconded by Davis to approve the presented salary schedules. Motion carried 5-0.
The principals reported on what has been happening on their campuses. They each informed the board about testing that has been underway at each building and their efforts to make sure every student was present. Walker also informed the board that Kindergarten registration and parent involvement will be back to normal this year and the date will be posted on social media soon. There will also be an ABC Graduation and Parent Involvement coming soon as well. Lipham stated that Middle School will be having Donuts for Grownups again this year. Middle School faculty have also worked extremely hard to decrease the percentage of failing remote students from 62% to 19%. Lastly, at the Middle School, 104 students have written poems that will be published in a book that each student will receive. Solomon informed the board members that the seniors will be doing the senior sidewalk this year along with last year’s seniors, the date is to be determined. Jr. High and Sr. High Archery teams will be competing at Nationals. Prom will be May 1st on Main Street again this year. Congratulations to Jesse Dees who was granted a $1500.00 scholarship to Arkansas Elite Welding Academy.
Superintendent Fielding recognized the administrators for their efforts in getting all the students to school for testing last week and this week. Fielding also congratulated Principals Walker and Lipham on graduating from Phase 3 Master Principal.
A motion was made by Hunsucker and seconded by Woodall to accept the resignations of Alice Joy Carmean as Elementary School Counselor, Teresa Holleman as Elementary School GT Teacher/Coordinator, Aileen Sirkis as Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher, Beverly Birkhead as Middle School Secretary, Gwenda Self as Middle School Math Teacher and Josh Brown, HS as Basketball Coach at Waldron High School (still will be Assistant High School Principal) as of the end of the 2020/21 school year. Motion carried 5-0.
A motion was made by Hunsucker and seconded by Johnston to hire Natalie Cadena as Director of Special Education for the 2021-22 SY with a 221-day contract following the Coop Consortium Special Education Salary Schedule. Motion carried 5-0.
A motion was made by Woodall and seconded by Davis to re-hire the Licensed Staff (lists provided by the principles). Motion carried 5-0.
A motion was made by Hunsucker and seconded by Woodall to adjourn. Motion carried 5-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.