MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring School Board met in regular session May 12.
Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor reviewed the financial situation at the school with the school board. He told them due to fewer students at the school they could expect less state funding.
School board members discussed asking voters for a millage increase for the school in the September election.
"Our lacking in state funds may have to be made up locally," Taylor said.
The millage rate at the school is currently 30 mills. The state average millage rate is 36.24 mills.
"The increasing cost of everything from food to fuel and our district losing needed state aide is not good," Taylor said.
He explained that adding one mill would add an additional $24,000 a year to the school budget. He said adding five mills would put the district back to where it was before state funding was lost. No decision was made on the issue.
The state has approved the school's application for an EAST Lab. Taylor showed the board members a list of equipment that will be provided to the school for the lab.
The school board voted to allow Taylor to sign an agreement with the Arkansas Department of Education toward the lab. "The state will provide $65,000 for the lab and the school will be responsible for $25,000. I intend to have the EAST Lab facilitator trained and the lab up and running by the start of school next fall," Taylor said.
"In the EAST Lab students will develop technical skills using computers, Global Positioning Systems and Global Informational Systems technology, mapping tools and three-D animation. School officials hope the program will provide a chance for students to use the new technology to do community work and projects for the school," Taylor said.
School Board members opened bids for the elementary library project at the school. The school had set aside $109,000 for the project and expected a state grant of $100,000 to help with the library project. After totaling the bids received, it was determined the project would cost well over $300,000 and the school could not afford it at this time. The board voted to put the project on hold.
Taylor presented school board members with a list of school policy updates from the Arkansas School Board Association dealing with certified and classified employees at the school. He told board members to review the policy changes and they would vote on them at the June school board meeting.
The board voted to authorize Joy Underwood as the EAST Lab/Technology Coordinator. Previously she was a first grade/technology coordinator. Taylor said the first grade teaching position would be filled in-house.
Board members reviewed applications for a cafeteria worker and custodian at the school. They voted to offer Greg Massey a nine month contract as custodian.
The school board authorized the superintendent to employ summer help as needed at the school.