COUCH SCHOOL - During regular session of the Couch School Board May 14, school board members were informed that the school has received a $94,502 renovation grant. The grant will be used to install a new air and heating system in the high school building and to replace windows and doors in the building with more energy efficient models. School board members voted to seek bids to complete the project.School board members received a list of career ladder completers and were updated to the progress being made on the 2002-2003 comprehensive school improvement plan. The 2001-2002 budget and projected cuts in funding for the 2002-2003 school year were discussed.FFA sponsor Pam Proffitt was at the meeting to request the school board pay $75 of expenses for the five students who plan to attend the Washington Leadership Conference. The FCCLA sponsor, Teresa Holder, was also in attendance and told school board members that her chapter was rated first nationally for their membership quest campaign. She also requested payment of $75 per student for expenses for the three students who plan to attend the FCCLA National Convention. School board members voted to approve $75 per student of the expenses of those students who attend both the FFA and FCCLA events.Superintendent Rolla Fraley informed school board members that the school had recently applied for or is planning to apply for the following grants; Small Rural School Achievement Grant, Comprehensive School Reform Grant, Safe Schools Grant, ITV Grant, and a Gateway Grant.School board members voted to seek bids to repair the roof on the high school building. Board members were informed that end of school reports have been completed and submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. School board members also evaluated the At Risk Program.During reports, the board received the monthly attendance reports, heard about the Couch PTO's participation in field day activities and discussed planned summer activities. School board members were informed that third grade students have been tested in compliance with Senate Bill 319 and that all Couch R-I third grade students meet the reading standards outlined in the bill. Changes in bus routes due to high water were also discussed at the meeting.During the executive session of the meeting school board members accepted Dennis Sorrell's resignation and voted to offer Kristen Parker a contract as music teacher for the 2002-03 school year. The board also voted to offer contracts to the following certified personnel: Jenene Hall, Donna Honeycutt, Dianne Lawrence, Mary Mayberry, Diane Ormsbee, Debra Roberts, Ricky Arnold, David Offineer, Janet Worthy, Kay Bradley, Dana Fraley, Kelly Patterson, Rachael Yound, Elaine Hartsock, Ronald Hartsock and Karen Kornegay. School board members also voted to offer a contract for bus maintenance and general maintenance for the 2002-03 school year and to offer Sue Sisk a contract as bus driver.School board members voted to move the regular meeting day of the board from the second Monday of each month to the second Tuesday of each month.The next regular scheduled meeting of the Couch R-I School Board will be June 11 at 7 p.m.