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Construction projects taking shape around Stuttgart school district

The Stuttgart School District Board of Directors is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss construction plans around the district.

Posted Sep. 11, 2014 @ 4:49 pm


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A decision on the construction of a new junior high school building could come as soon as next week.

The Stuttgart School District Board of Directors is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss construction plans around the district. According to board president Henry Newby, school board members requested more information before making a decision on whether to build a new Stuttgart Junior High School. Dr. Chris Morgan said he wanted to consider all of the district’s needs and asked for information on all district facilities.

During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the board also voted to begin advertising for an engineering firm to study the drainage issues at Ned Moseley Stadium. Superintendent Nathan Gills said he would like for work on the football field and track to be completed by August 2015. He said the engineering firm would assess the field’s drainage needs and plans would be drawn for improvements with construction to begin after graduation.

Gills said he has met with residents interested in installing a turf football field at Ned Moseley Stadium. He said at this time no one has stepped forward to lead the fundraising efforts necessary to install the turf field. Gills said if the community is interested in raising the necessary funds, the time to do so is now. If the funds are not raised for the turf field, the district will move forward with plans to update the track and drainage issues. However, once that work is complete, a turf field is no longer an option for the near future. The drainage work and track repair would need to be completed at the same time as the turf installation.

The board also voted to move forward with renovations to the Stuttgart High School music building. The plans call for the facility, which includes the band hall and choir room, to be extended to the east and will include the addition of new doors, added acoustical panels, painting throughout the interior and new floor and ceiling tiles. Cone Construction expects the project to cost less than $300,000.

A group brought in to clean the air conditioning units at the district’s facilities has found several problems. Gills said Clear Results found several problems while cleaning the units, and the costs required to fix the problems may exceed $10,000.

Gills said Entergy pays for the labor, but the district covers the cost of freon, parts or other equipment needed. The board approved any expense over $10,000.

In his superintendent’s report, Gills reminded members that school board election voting began Tuesday. Current board members Tim Vose (Zone 4) and Napolean Davis (Zone 5) are running unopposed. Voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday at the Arkansas County Courthouse in Stuttgart.

A special school board meeting will be held at the end of the month to discuss next year’s budget, and board members will have an opportunity to receive training hours during the Region 9 meeting Oct. 27 in DeWitt.

Page 2 of 3 — Park Avenue Elementary Principal Pam Dean reported that the school currently has 704 students enrolled and breakfast numbers have doubled. The school recently held its Accelerated Reader kickoff program, and the fence around the playground has been completed. She also said the school is preparing to start a Watch Dog Dads program to bring more men into the school to serve as role models for students.

Meekins Middle School Principal Sharon Konecny reported that Stuttgart Teacher of the Year Cheryl Smith has been named a regional finalist for state teacher of the year. Breakfast numbers have doubled at Meekins as well. Konecny said the sixth-grade students have completed several projects already, including a PowerPoint presentation about Labor Day and a student newspaper.

Stuttgart Junior High School Principal Cedric Hawkins noted that the school’s Destination Imagination team qualified for state and breakfast numbers have doubled.

Stuttgart High School Principal Donnie Booth said the school is getting ready for TLI testing and is preparing for an ACT prep course. He said the school has seen a few leaks from the new air conditioning units that were installed over the summer, but the maintenance staff is working to correct the issues.

In other business:

The board voted to expel for the remainder of the first semester a student who brought a BB gun to Stuttgart High School. In an open disciplinary hearing, the student’s father argued that the gun was a toy and did not meet the requirements of being a weapon according to the district’s handbook policy. SHS Assistant Principal Stephen Saranie said the gun had This is not a toy printed on the side. According to the Stuttgart Police Department report, the gun was entered into evidence, however the student’s father said he was told the gun had not been properly entered. School Resource Officer Krysta Campbell was not at the school board meeting, but a photo of the gun was provided to board members upon request. The student’s father was shown the photo of the gun after the board had discussed the incident in executive session. At the end of the meeting, Gills apologized for not having all of the necessary evidence on hand. Morgan suggested that the board look at the district’s weapon policy and clarify it before next year.

The board approved two Act 1599 resolutions. Act 1599 requires the board to meet in open session to disclose and approve transactions when an employee, administrator or board member submits a bid for contractual work. The board approved resolutions for Quality Glass Company, owned and operated by board member Tim Vose, and Custom Fence Company, which is co-owned by school district employee Donna Mahfouz.

The board approved the minutes of its previous meetings as well as financial statements.

Page 3 of 3 — The Certified PPC and Classified PPC committees had no reports. The next monthly meeting of the Stuttgart School District Board of Directors will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the district’s administration building. All meetings are open to the public.

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