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Mammoth Spring High School to change to 8-period days

Thursday, June 22, 2006

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FINISHING TOUCHES: Jesse Pierce of Pierce Construction of Salem puts the finishing touches on the concrete floor of the new special education building at Mammoth Spring School.
MAMMOTH SPRING -- Starting this fall, students at Mammoth Spring High School will be having an eight-period day instead of a seven-period day as they have in the past.

The Mammoth Spring School Board approved changes in the student handbook associated with the new period change at their June 12 meeting. Starting this fall students over a four-year period will have the opportunity to earn 32 credits, compared to the 28 credits offered in years past.

The board opened bids for the pitch roof work on the community building at the school. The low bid of $93,000 went to Marvin Glass of Treco Construction from Hartsville, Mo. Superintendent Ron Taylor told the board he hopes for the roof project to start no later than Sept. 1 and it should take 60 days.

Bids were also opened on the 1995 surplus school bus. The bus was purchased by Spring River Oaks for $1,500.

At last month's school board meeting the board authorized Taylor and elementary principal Brian Davis to start an elementary reading recovery program for first graders. At this month's meeting the board voted to hire Lana Steed as the coordinator of the program. Steed has a master's degree in reading and Taylor said she will be attending extensive training this summer to prepare for the new position.

In other personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of long-time elementary teacher Peggy Rogers. Rogers has taught at the school for 35 years.

The board also accepted the resignation of Corey Emerson who taught music in the school district one year. Taylor said he appreciates the service both teachers provided to the school district.

The board voted to offer teaching contracts to Amy Smith and Elizabeth Ragsdale. Both teachers student taught at the school last year.

Janet Smoot was offered a nine and one-half month contract as teacher/coordinator of the preschool program in the school district. Taylor said he had received word from the Arkansas State Board of Education that the preschool program at the school will be funded again this year. He said the school will receive $88,000 to fund the program.



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