October Mena School Board Meeting Recap

October Mena School Board Meeting
The meeting began with the superintendent’s report and Dr. Lee Smith wanted to jump right into the first two items under new business.Those being the annual report to the public and the district report card.
The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) School Index has been released and Mena is above the state average in every building. During the pandemic, school letter grades were paused, but now schools are being given a letter grade once again. Louise Durham Elementary scored a B, Holly Harshman Elementary scored a C, Mena Middle School scored a B, Mena High School scored a C and the Polk County Virtual Academy scored a D. The ESSA School Index full report will be made public in November following the State Board approval.
Three district goals have been set to help finish this school year with an even better result. The attendance goal for this school year is 96%. Another goal is to reduce discipline referrals by 10%. Finally the literacy goal is to be at 60% on grade-level reading. Dr. Smith concluded and asked the board to accept those as the district goals for the year.Tne board quickly approved.
The board then  approved the annual equity compliance report. Which is a routine report stating the district’s compliance with federal guidelines in the use of  all  title funds.
The revised added/deleted inventory list was next on the agenda. This list  had been addressed at a previous meeting but some minor changes had been discovered and needed to be added, Which they were and the new list was approved.
Mr. Danny Minton then updated the board on projects underway across the district. He began with the expanded sidewalk project and pump project at Bob Carver Bearcat Stadium. There is also some tree removal and grounds improvement  underway to the east and south of Mena High School.
New door locks are in for Mena Middle School and installation should begin this Saturday.
The board the appointed Todd Aynes as delegate to the ASBA Assembly.
The board also appointed Phillip Wilson as the 2023 board legislative advocate.
The board has been approached about a community garden project utilizing an acre of land on school property along Mildred Street. That project was approved.
Another request for a waiver was brought before the board which would clear the way for ESS to employ Brittany Casten as a substitute teacher. A motion was made and approved..
The December board meeting date was changed to Tuesday, December 20th, and the board quickly approved the month’s financial report.
In personnel the board approved the restructuring of the contract for Alyssa Hostettler from MMS secretary to MHS principal secretary. They also approved the hiring of  Tabitha Baxter as Para Pro at HHE and Candace Thompson as secretary at MMS.
10-18-22 6:39 PM KAWX.ORG