MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring School Board met in regular session Aug. 13.
Mammoth Spring Superintendent Ron Taylor told board members the 2005-2006 audit had been completed at the school. Board members expressed their gratitude to bookkeepers Janet Young and Wilma Rogers for the work they have done keeping the books at the school.
Taylor said the audit was a good clean audit with no findings. The school districts in the state are audited on a yearly basis.
Taylor told the board the district's state allocation for Title I funds have been reduced by $9,000. "Last year we received $138,000 in Title I monies from the state. This year we will get $9,000 less. That is not going to be a great impact. It will not hinder the program, but will cut into some of the funds we use for equipment and materials," the superintendent said. "What concerns me is if this becomes a yearly trend, we will have to make some adjustments to the program," he said.
The school board voted to accept the Arkansas School Board Association Model Policy. This allows the school district to make needed changes if the legislature passes laws that pertain to the school.
High School Principal Brian Davis and Elementary School Principal Wade Powell gave the school board an update on recent test scores at their respective schools. Both principals reported that students met all the requirements for the No Child Left Behind law. They reported all students met or exceeded state test score averages.
Davis gave board members an update on the summer ACT preparation program. He said eight students spent five weeks, of four hour days, in the program. Rosie McCowen taught the literature class for the program and Mark Taylor taught the math and science portion of the program. "The ACT test was given to the students July 14. All of the students scored at least two points over the state average," Davis said. Taylor said he would like to see the program offered every summer at the school. He said one of his goals at the school is to have every student that graduates from Mammoth Spring High School enter college without having to take any remedial college classes. "I'm excited about the results of the ACT program," Davis said.
The school board passed a resolution commending the work done this summer at the school by student workers, Jacob Flynn, Loretta Love and George Armstead.