Mansfield School Board Meets, Superintendent Gives Final Farewell

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The Mansfield School Board met in regular session on Monday night, June 17.

After approving the minutes and financial reports from the May meeting, the board moved on to new items of business.

In the Superintendent’s report, Robert Ross gave a final farewell statement before the board. This was his last meeting before leaving the district. -See related story Ross commented that he had enjoyed working at Mansfield, but that it was time to move along.

Next, the board addressed items that required action. The first item was to approve a student transfer from Mansfield to the Hackett district. Then, a discussion on the necessary updates to student handbooks at the elementary, middle school and high school. Those changes include the definition of half days and tardies, an addition of drop off times and instructions. Additionally, noting the 40 minutes of recess change that recently passed in the state legislature, parental communication on in-school suspensions and the way parents receive the notification for ISS. Lastly, discouraging compounded cafeteria charges of no more than three days. Other policies relating to vaping, testing and graduation were also discussed.

The board approved the contract for retired Spanish teacher, Becky Yates. Yates will keep the school compliant with ESOL (English for speakers of other languages.) Also approved, the motion to adopt the Arkansas School Board model policy changes.

Four building projects were tabled, and will be reviewed after the new budget is initiated. Those included air conditioning units, concrete for the bus garage, new elementary cafeteria doors and guttering at the elementary school.

The board voted to accept the resignation of Jana Phelan and Emily Schlinker. The following were hired: Katie Polk and Erica Truelove, both as second grade teachers; and Michael Parker as the new high school/middle school band director.

With no other items of business, the meeting was adjourned.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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