The Hope School Board kicked off their July meeting Monday (July 22nd) passing out some compliments. District employee Kiffinea Talley was congratulated for being named to the Hope City Board. Counselor Sally Nix was recognized for being named the Southwest District Counselor of the year by the Arkansas High School Counselors Association. Àlso, Superintendent Bobby Hart noted the Hope Public Schools, Clinton Primary, and Save The Children have partnered on a 5 year, $660,000 grant for summer programs staring in 2014. Assistant Superintendent Steve Bradshaw gave an update on the Hope High construction. He noted the metal is on the new field house and roof work is to begin, an this week. Also blocks are being laid for the band hall, choir room and special edition facility. The board voted to enter into a treatment program for termites with McCauley Services of Benton for $23,700 for the buildings not covered by contracts. Àlso they approved an annual renewal of $2,300. The board approved a change order for $ 15,600 for some windows in the gym. The board approved the change order contingent upon the work being finished by August 19th. The board approved a classified personnel salary schedule and also went through personnel policies for certified personnel. The board also renewed a partnership with the South Central Service Cooperative. A presentation on e-instruction from technology director Jeff Madlock was presented. Madlock also gave a report on wi-first. He noted the district is adding more wi-fi units to fill holes. This will cost $51,000 and the board approved the measure. Bread, milk, and commodity bids were approved. Flowers Baking won the bread bid and Hiland Dairy won the milk bids. Àlso the board voted to approve the purchase of some kitchen equipment for just under $60,000. Under the facilities rental requests the board approved a request by Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ to use the high school auditorium September 8th. Personnel matters closed out the meeting.
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