MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor gave the school board an update on the sign project at the school during the board's regular meeting Jan. 10. Taylor said the total project for the new digital message sign comes to $15,600. He said thanks to the generous contributions of the community, to date $13,054 had been contributed toward the project, with an estimated $2,500 left to raise.
Taylor said in the near future a date will be scheduled for a crew from the Arkansas School for Mathmatics, Science and the Arts in Hot Spring to come to the school and help set up the new Distance Learning Lab. Two weeks ago, material for the lab began arriving at the school. He told the board that he was excited about the new lab.
Some of the advanced placement classes the lab will cover are history, language arts, math, foreign language, science, physical education and fine arts. He said the advanced placement classes would allow a student to earn some college credits.
Taylor said on Jan. 7 he traveled to Little Rock to hear the outcome of the recent Educational Facilities Task Force review of the Mammoth Spring School District. He said priority I items listed in the review were mostly safety issues including exit signs, emergency lights, surveilance systems and fire and safety battery packs.
He explained to the school board that the Facilities Task Force was a new department in the Arkansas Department of Education. He said the review also gave a breakdown of all the buildings of the school district. He said the review pinpointed the remaining life in each system. He said the review cited the roof on the high school building, which has a life expectancy of 12 years. He said the roof on the building has been on a full 12 years and is in bad shape. No decision was made by the board toward a new roof at the high school.
Thayer resident Art Oaks had approached the school board regarding buying the old school sign when the new sign is in place. The board agreed to sell Oaks the sign for $200 which will go into the school sign fund.
The board voted to adopt a new grading scale for students in advanced placement classes at the school.
Taylor's contract as superintendent at the school is good through June 2006. The board voted to renew his contract through June 2008.