MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor gave the school board an update on daily average attendance at the Feb. 15 Mammoth Spring School Board meeting.
The meeting was re-scheduled from Feb. 13 due to the district basketball tournament held at the school.
"We are holding steady, averaging about 457 students a day. This is about a one-and-a-half student daily increase over last year," Taylor said. He told the board that this past quarter was the 14th consecutive quarter with an increased student enrollment.
The yearly state required school board in-service was discussed by the board. The board voted to hold a finance workshop at the school in June that would fulfill four of the six needed hours. Beardly Public Finance from Little Rock will present the in-service to board members free of charge.
Taylor presented a list of school related legislation to the board. He highlighted several upcoming and pending bills including one that will change the starting age for kindergarten students in Arkansas. "For the 07-08 school year the student must be five years old by Sept. 1. For the 08-09 school year, the cutoff date for a kindergarten student is Aug. 15 and for the 09-10 school year it will be Aug. 1," the superintendent said.
Taylor also discussed House Bill-1030 "This bill increases the maximum property tax relief credit for a homestead from $300 to $350," he said.
The board authorized the superintendent to contact a contractor concerning the library/restroom addition at the elementary school. Taylor told the board he would call Daniel Bartlett Contractors from Benton about the project. "The total project should be near $200,000 and will amount to approximately 1,800 square feet," the superintendent said. He discussed his plan for the library to be in the center of the building after the addition is complete.
"We plan to put double doors near the elementary building entrance leading into a reception or lobby area," Taylor said.
He said the district will be responsible for $100,000 of the project with the state agreeing to pay the other $100,000.
In personnel matters, the board voted to accept the resignation of Dionne Komm who has been employed in the school district for nine years in the elementary computer lab. Komm told the board she was leaving her position for personal reason. The board voted to accept her resignation and thanked her for her service to the school district.