Seventh bus root authorized because children are getting up too early
MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring School elected officers at their Oct. 10 school board meeting. Donell Russell was elected board president.
Ramona Combs vice president, and John Walsh secretary. The board appointed Combs to disburse school board funds. The board elected Walsh as the alternate to Combs.
The Qualified Zone Academy Bond was discussed by the school board. The bond was passed overwhelmingly by patrons of the school district last month. The funds will be used to upgrade some of the facilities at the school.
Mammoth Sporing Superintendent Ron Taylor informed the board that he had been in touch with Beardsley Public Finance in Little Rock, the company that will be handling the sale of the bonds. Taylor said he was told bids will be let on the bonds Nov. 2.
"Scott Beardsley will be at our next school board meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 14, to finalize the acceptance for the sale of the bonds," Taylor said.
The superintendent said if things go as scheduled the proceeds from the sale of the bonds should be in the school board account by Nov. 29. He said the first project at the school will be a new roof on the high school, and then attention will be given to the 12 new heating and air conditioning units that will be installed in the elementary building. Taylor said that when the heating and air units are in at the elementary school, the building will have an all-new heating and cooling system.
After reviewing bus routes at the school, the school board voted to authorize the superintendent to add another bus route. The school presently runs six routes. "We are adding a seventh short bus route because we have had preschool children getting on the bus early, at 6:12 a.m. to be exact. That is too early. Our goal is not to have any child on a bus before 6:30 a.m.," the superintendent said. He said the long bus route in question was causing the driver to drive 71.6 miles a day, 44 miles of the route on gravel roads.
The board voted to raise the amount reimbursed to school officials who drive their own cars for school business from 30 cents a mile to 40 cents a mile, because of rising gas prices.
The board voted to authorize the superintendent to take bids on an additional car to supplement the use of the drivers education car and to help cut back on the use of private vehicles in the school district.