Trumann School Board hears about progress on new school

Friday, August 22, 2008

Progress on the new Trumann High School is running smoothly,

Trumann School Superintendent Joe Waleszonia said.

"The workers are moving quickly to erect the gymnasium," he told Trumann School Board members at their regular monthly meeting on August 11. "The steel work on the gymnasium should be completed quickly."

Waleszonia also told school board members that the roof on the new auditorium at the THS complex should be completed by the end of this week.

A worker at the new THS complex was injured at the complex on Aug. 11, Waleszonia told the board. A worker fell 24 feet while working on the new gymnasium. The worker was conscious after the fall and still wearing his hardhat. He suffered a compound fracture to his left elbow and other injuries but was expected to recover.

Members of the Trumann Rotary Club and a group of teachers got a sneak peak inside the new building last week.

Although Waleszonia had hoped that the school district could move into the new campus before January, 2009, in time for the second semester, students will not be able attend classes there until August, 2009, he told board members.

The board unanimously accepted a bid for supplies from Delta Industrial Products, Inc. The company submitted a bid of 66,581.82 for custodial products and supplies for the 2008-2009 school year.

Board members unanimously agreed to set the district's Public Meeting for Monday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the THS Cafeteria.

On a motion by Ronnie Dye and seconded by Jeff Jones, the board approved the yearly renewal of the Directors (School Board) Legal Liability policy with Dennis Morgan Insurance, Inc. Cost of the policy coverage is $17,370. Inception date of the policy is Aug. 20, 2008. Board member Taylor Morgan stepped out of the room for discussion about the policy and the vote. He did not vote on the issue.

Waleszonia asked board members to approve the expenditure for the Sept. 16 school board election. This year voters will use more expensive ballots. The new ballots will be counted by machine. The board approved use of the new ballots and payment of expenses for the election.

There will be a poll change for the election, Waleszonia told the board. "Voters will not cast ballots at Central School this year," he said. "Polls will be open instead at the Central Fire Station."

On a motion by Taylor Morgan and a second by Ronnie Dye, the board approved the increase of hourly pay for classified substitute teachers. Classified substitutes were earning $7.00 an hour. The board raised substitute pay to $7.50 an hour or $55 a day.

The board then met in executive session to discuss personnel issues. When the board returned to regular session, the following staff changes were announced:

Resigning were Marie Owens, custodian at Cedar Park, and Cindy Hendrix, custodian and cafeteria worker at Wee Cat Academy.

The board voted to hire: Brenda Halfacre, chemistry and physics teacher; Bridgett Barns, P.E.P. aide in the physical education department; Billie Hammell, playground aide; Edward Harris, night custodian at THS, nine month contract; Diane Wells, one-on-one aide at Cedar Park; and Bobbie Hazolett, one-on-one aide at Cedar Park.

The board transferred Donna Waggoner from night custodian to day custodian at Cedar Park.

In other business, the board approved:

* A transfer of students Dustin and Christy Mitchell to the Bay School District was approved.

* The Child Protection Act for the 2008-2009 school year as required by law.

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