Waldron School Board Meets, Talks Back to School

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The regular monthly meeting of the Waldron School Board was held at the Central Office building Monday, August 3, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Tammye Sherrill, Clay Woodall, Angela Hunsucker, and Christi Johnston. Board member Mac Davis was not present at the meeting. Others present were Superintendent Daniel Fielding, Misty Owens, Ryan Walker, Kristi Sigman, Darla Jeffery, Josh Atchley, Josh Brown, Keith Brigance, Kim Solomon, Toni Dozier, Zack Taylor and Chris Lipham.

President Sherrill called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. Sherrill welcomed everyone, Woodall began the meeting with a word of prayer, and Hunsucker led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion was made by Woodall and seconded by Johnston to move Item C) Approve Purchase Order to Todd Hunsucker under the consent agenda items to Item G. under New Business. Motion carried 4:0.

A motion was made by Johnston and seconded by Hunsucker to approve
the consent agenda items: A) approval of the July 13 minutes; B) approve purchase order to ingenuity; C) approve purchase order to Scott County Hardware/True Value; D) approve milk bid for food service; G) approve bread bid for food service. Motion carried 4:0.

A motion was made by Hunsucker and seconded by Woodall to adopt the resolution authorizing the issuance and delivery of the $7,575,000, Waldron School District No.45 of Scott County, Arkansas, refunding bonds dated August 1, 2020 and other documents pertaining thereto as prepared by the Friday, Eldredge & Clark Law Firm. Motion carried 4:0.

A motion was made by Woodall and seconded by Johnston to adopt the resolution authorizing the issuance and delivery of the $1,345,000, Waldron School District No. 45 of Scott County, Arkansas, refunding bonds dated August 20, 2020 and other documents pertaining thereto as prepared by the Friday, Eldredge & Clark Law Firm. Motion carried 4:0.

A motion was made by Woodall and seconded by Hunsucker to adopt the continuing disclosure dissemination agreement with First Security. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Johnston and seconded by Woodall to employ First Security Beardsley as Financial Advisor for a period of three (3) years effective as of the date of adoption. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Woodall and seconded by Johnston to approve the petition for the transfer of a student. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Hunsucker and seconded by Johnston to approve the school calendar for 2020/2021. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Johnston and seconded by Woodall to discuss and approve the mask policy. Motion carried 4-0.

Superintendent Fielding provided a slideshow while discussing the Waldron Ready for Learning Plan.

A motion was made by Hunsucker and seconded by Johnston to discuss and approve the ASBA policy recommendations and updates. The following policies were approved: 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.17, 1.18,1.21, 3.4, 3.7, 3.19, 3.21, 3.25, 3.26, 3.32, 3.36, 3.40, 3.54, 4.2, 4.5, 4.5F, 4.6, 4.8, 4.11, 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, 4.23, 4.24, 4.27, 4.45 (replaced), 4.45.1, 4.47, 4.49, 4.52, 4.54, 4.55, 4.57, 5.2, 5.3, 5.13, 5.20, 5.22, 7.3, 7.5, 7.15, 7.18, 8.4, 8.13, 8.15, 8.19, 8.20, 8.23, 8.30, 8.34, 8.37.  Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Johnston and seconded by Woodall to approve the purchase order to Todd Hunsucker. Angela Hunsucker stepped out during voting of this item. Motion carried 3:0.

Each of the principals reported that they are gearing up to start the new school year and working through the challenges that Covid-19 has brought with it. Each of them stated they are looking forward to school starting and the kids returning. At the elementary, there will be a kindergarten Meet the Teacher night at the field next to the elementary school on Wednesday, August 12, new students will get a chance to meet their teachers as well. Walker has also been accepted into Phase 3 of the Master Principal program. Lipham at the middle school will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting on Friday, August 7 from 9-9:30 on Facebook. He also wanted to add that the 5th graders will be having their orientation during the first few days of school and that they will be taken care of. Solomon spoke on social distancing at the high school and plans during lunches. She also stated that students will be able to park in the parking lot of the high school for remote learning if they need to. The new expectations of custodians were discussed and how their duties will be changed during this pandemic.

Superintendent Daniel Fielding wants everyone to be aware that we are in an impossible situation and a lot will be learned as we go. He asked that we all exercise patience for all the unknown that will be coming throughout the school year.

A motion was made by Hunsucker and seconded by Woodall to accept the resignation of Erin Curtis, as of July 28, 2020. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Johnston and seconded by Hunsucker to hire Jessica Brockman and Rosemary Diamond for Food Service. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Woodall and seconded by Johnston to hire Liliana Banderas as ABC Teacher. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Hunsucker and seconded by Johnston to hire Abby Clemmer as HS Para. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion was made by Angela Hunsucker and seconded by Johnston to adjourn. Motion carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m.

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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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