The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on April 12, in the high school board room.
The board approved extending the contracts of all classified staff who signed an intent to return for the 2010-11 school year. Assistant bookkeeper Elaine Wallis is retiring after 27 years with the district, having spent 26 years as the district treasurer. Superintendent Fred Walker told the board that Wallis has been a very valuable employee to the district and wishes her well in retirement. Also, Dennis Thielemier resigned his position as a bus driver, effective at the end of the 2009-10 school year.
The board also agreed to employ Stu Smart as a high school mathematics teacher and head baseball coach for the 2010-11 school year. The addition of Smart will allow the district to offer college algebra and college trigonometry on the high school campus and lower class sizes for additional junior high and senior high math classes for the 2010-11 school year.
The board also approved the addition of girls volleyball for the 2010-11 school year.
The district accepted the low bids on three construction projects funded through federal stimulus and state facilities partnership funds. John Brown and Sons had the low bid of $138,300 for the animal science addition, that consists of an animal science lab and restrooms. John Brown and Sons also had the low bid of $60,600 for a new roof on the elementary physical education building. Highland Window and Door had the low bid of $63,988 for the installation of energy efficient windows in the K-2 elementary building.
Superintendent Walker told the board that the district's three quarter average enrollment was 518, up 10 from last year, and the current enrollment was 525, plus 30 in preschool.
Walker also told the board that plans were currently being made to have the first all-school ICC reunion on June 26 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the district.
High School Principal David Harmon announced that Courtney Bookout had been selected for the Boyd Carpenter Scholarship sponsored by FNBC.
Also, Harmon announced Ryan Walker and Kristin Doty had been selected to attend the Washington D.C. Youth Tour, sponsored by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative. Lincoln Fowler was selected as an alternate for the Youth Tour.
Harmon told the board that Jed Shales and Chris Stanton had been selected for the All Star Quiz Bowl Tournament to be held at ASU-Beebe.
Middle School Principal Billy McBride announced that 18 members of grades 7-12 band had received medals for excellent performances at the Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Highland on April 10.
McBride also commended Assistant Principal and Middle School Teacher Eve Hatman for being selected to attend the National Biotechnology Teacher-Leader Program at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill. Hatman was one of only four teachers selected from Arkansas.
The board accepted three school choice applications into the district for the 2010-11 school year and approved the transfer of two children to Salem and three to Highland.
With that, the board adjourned.