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School loses funds

Thursday, March 20, 2008

MAMMOTH SPRING -- Loss of funding was the main topic when the Mammoth Spring School Board met March 10.

Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor reviewed the school funding outlook for the upcoming school year.

He informed board members that due to a decline in student population state funding at the school will be decreased by just over $159,000.

"This will occur over a two year period which will amount to a loss of $79,540 a year," he said.

He said state funding in Arkansas is based on average daily membership where as in Missouri funding is based on average daily attendance.

The school board voted to amend the 2007-2008 calendar. The school district has missed seven days of school because of snow. They voted not to have school on March 21 which is Good Friday and April 4. The last day of school at Mammoth Spring will be May 23.

The board reviewed the plans for the new elementary library and entryway and voted to allow the superintendent to place an ad in the newspaper for contractors for the project,

"We think the total project will be around $200,000. The district has saved $83,000 toward the project and we applied to the state for a grant last year for $109,000 that will go toward the project," Taylor said.

The board voted to approve a new salary schedule for certified and non-certified employees at the school. There will be no salary increases for any employees in the school district except those on the increment steps.

The school board voted to approve the calendar for the 2008-2009 school year. The first day of school in the district will be Aug. 18, and the last day of school will be May 21, 2009.

Board members accepted the resignation of three teachers resignation who will be retiring. They have all taught in the district for 28 years. They are Kathryn Bowers, Sue Ann Powell and Deloris Bennett. They expressed how grateful they were for the dedication to the school shown by all three teachers.

Taylor said due to cutbacks in funding, the replacement of the teachers will be done in-house.

High school girl's baseball coach Crystal Martin requested she be released from her duties as coach of the girls team. Math teacher Mark Taylor will replace her.

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