MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor gave school board members an update on the new EAST lab that will offered at the school this fall at the June 9 school board meeting.
He said presently they are running computer wire in the EAST lab classroom and installing anti-static carpet. He said the equipment for the lab should start arriving next month.
The school board voted to approve the budget for the 2009-2010 school year. They also voted to place a five mill increase on the September election ballot. Taylor said if this issue passes it would add approximately $120,000 to the school budget based on current assessed valuation.
"Our school district right now has one of the lowest millage rates in the state. The state average is 36.1 mills," the superintendent said. Mammoth Spring School District has a millage of 25 mills.
Taylor said because of a decline in student enrollment at the school, state funding will be lower and the millage increase would help. He said when school begins this fall there will be public meetings concerning the millage issue.
The school board voted to keep their current school insurance with the insurance offered by the Arkansas School Board Association. He said property insurance at the school alone, was $21,000 a year.
The school board voted to accept six new students from out of the Mammoth Spring School District. Four of the students will be coming from Highland and two from Salem.
The school board made one minor change to the price of reduced breakfast at the school. The price will go from 25 cents to 30 cents starting next fall. Taylor said this falls in line with federal guidelines.
The last item on the agenda involved personnel. The board voted to offer James Mathern a contract to teach elementary art and special education.