The Hope School Board held their February meeting Monday February 16th. The meeting began with Superintendent Bobby Hart presented the ten year numbers for the district and noted the district was about $600,000 better than expected. He also explained some 3 year month to month figures as well.
Hart noted they just signed a contract with the Learning Institute for assistance on testing. He also talked about the Edith Brown campus noting it could be demolished, could be re roofed, or just left alone but Assistance Superintendent Steve Bradshaw will bring numbers on all options in March.
Mr. Hart detailed some minority hiring plans noting in their recent hiring of 26 people, 13 were minorities.
The board also saw five students honored in person for completing the Microsoft Technology Associate, an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology. The students are in the Computer Engineering Technology course at Hope High. Instructor Dale Daugherty made the presentation at the meeting to John Aaron, Ernesto Delarosa, Kedriel Green, Holden Kennedy, and Nathan Phillips. Those not present who achieved the certification included Zachery Gogell, James Easterling, Jordan Gulley, Gerado Navarrete, and Matthew Tullos.
The board heard from principals on discipline in the schools. Vanessa McCraw of Yergrer gave a report and Hope High Principal Tommie Campbell spoke on behalf of Hope High.
The board heard about a communications plan prepared by Hope High Assistant Principal Bill Hoglund.
The board looked at a mowing contract and voted to accept a contract for $38,475 from Walker & Sons. This had been done in – house and cost about $60,000 using district personnel on a part – time basis.
The board discussed purchasing a scoreboard for Lady Cat Stadium. The district has $13,000 in sponsors for the scoreboard and Bill Hoglund is attempting to find one more. The board voted to purchase a scoreboard for $17,221 from Randy Electronics.
The board approved a facilities request for Clinton Primary from the Girl Scouts from March 23rd to 26th. Personnel matters closed out the meeting.