MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring Superintendent of Schools Ron Taylor addressed the school board about a trip to Memphis for basketball players at the school at their Jan. 20 school board meeting.
The Bears played the Maynard Tigers at the Fedex Forum Feb. 6. While there, they also had the opportunity to watch a professional basketball game, the Memphis Grizzles vs. the L.A. Clippers.
Taylor said it was a fundraising event for the schools athletic department. The school had 150 tickets to sell at $15 each and actually ended up selling 175 tickets. The athletic department made approximately $1,000.
On Jan. 13, the Vocation Education Monitoring Team from the state education department went through the school's vocational department which included medical professions, FCCLA, agriculture and the business department at the school.
Taylor said this team comes to the school to evaluate these departments every six years. The state requires each school in the state to offer three vocational classes at their school. The seven state officials were very complimentary of the school offering four vocational classes instead of just three.
Taylor reported that another state team, from the Arkansas State Department of Education and the USDA, visited the school's food service program recently. "They looked at what we were serving to our students and reduced breakfast and lunch applications to see if we were in compliance with state and federal regulation," Taylor said. He said the school passed all the criteria that needed to be met in the food service department. The superintendent said he complimented the cooks on the good work they do in the cafeteria.
The school board voted to revise the school calender. They had missed two days before Christmas and voted to make those days up on Feb. 16, President's Day and May 22. They also recently missed six days due to winter weather conditions. They will make them up using five days of spring break and will be in school on Good Friday.
The board looked at two bus bids but did not make a decision toward purchasing the buses.
In personnel, the board voted to approve all the listed substitute teachers. Superintendent Ron Taylor is under contract at the school through the 2009-2010 school year. The board did not offer Taylor an extension on his contract and he did not request one.