Izard County School Board meeting report
The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on June 18th in the high school board room.
Superintendent Fred Walker told the board he had talked recently with the school architect and the plans for the track and field project will soon be completed and projections are to bid the project out in September. Walker told the board that the project will have an eight-lane running track and will also include areas for the field events (pole vault, high jump, long jump, triple jump, discus and shot competitions). Walker said the project will include the construction of bleachers, a concession stand, dressing rooms, and restrooms. He said that the school district will be able to host state and district track meets upon completion of the project. Walker said this project will provide another way to provide more opportunities for our students.
The board approved the 2020-21 school calendar with a school start date of Aug. 13 and an Open House on Aug. 11. The board also accepted the resignation of second grade teacher Shari Simino and agreed to employ Renea Houghtaling as a second grade teacher for the 2020-21 school year. The board accepted a bid from Las Vegas Bus Sales for a 40 passenger Starcraft activity bus.
Elementary Principal Eve Hatman told the board that 18 students had signed up for the ACT Prep course to be held at the high school for 9-12 ICC students from June 29-July 17. The course is taught by ICC teachers and the test fee will be free to ICC students who complete the course. Hatman also announced that the district still had openings for students in the STEM and STAR Summer Academic Camp for interested K-8 ICC students from July 13-24 at the high school and middle school campuses. Hatman said to sign up parents should call the elementary school at 870-322-7229 or message us on our school Facebook page by July 6.
Assistant Principal Tim Massey announced that Justus Cooper and Ryan Wages were recently honored for their academic achievements in the Governorís Scholastic Day Virtual Ceremony and Justus was also honored virtually as a member of the All Arkansas Preps Basketball Team for the second year in a row. Assistant Principal David Harmon announced that School Resource Officer James Norton had completed the 542-hour Basic Officer Training at Black River Technical College recently.