MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor announced at the July 11 school board meeting that the school district had been approved to start a new pre-school program at the school.
"This will be the first program of this kind in Fulton County," Taylor said. He said it will be aimed at 3- and 4-year-olds. "A child will have to be 3 by Sept. 15 to be eligible for the program and cannot have been accepted to the local Head Start program. This program will prepare these youngsters for kindergarten," the superintendent said.
Taylor told the board that he received word from the state on July 11 that the district had been approved for the program. The school board voted to allow special education teacher Janet Smoot to transfer as the new preschool teacher. He said the district is now in the market for an aide for the program. "This will be a full-time position and the person interested must have an associate degree in early childhood education or a child development associate credential. Those interested should contact elementary principal Wade Powell at 870-625-7313 as soon as possible," Taylor said.
The superintendent said an information meeting regarding the new program will be held July 25 at 7 p.m. in the elementary school library.
The superintendent said the school received an $88,000 Arkansas Better Chance grant from the Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Development.
In other school board action, the board voted to amend the application for the issuance of the QZAB bonds from $409,215 to $424,728. The issue is to appear on the municipal and school board ballot in September.
The board voted to accept a bid for milk from Hiland Dairy; for propane and bus fuel from Stateline Propane; and for bread from Sara Lee Bakery in Springfield.
Don Bartlett from Benton was hired as the architect to draw plans for the new special education and related service building that will be built at the school.
Taylor said the building will be 32 feet by 70 feet and will be paid for with special education funds with little or no cost to the patrons of the district.
The school board voted to accept eight new students from the Williford School District for the upcoming school year.