The Southwest R-5 School Board received an update on the Southwest FFA Alumni school recycling project at the board's regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 15, 2011.
The district will partner with the group by paying for costs associated with pouring a concrete slab for the recycling building. Students and staff members will also collect recyclable items and load trailers.
The Southwest FFA Alumni will pay for the construction of the building that will house the recyclable products. They will also cover the costs of transporting items to MARCK's recycling center in Rogers, Ark.
MARCK will donate $1,000 toward construction costs for the recycling building if the alumni association and district sign a three-year agreement for the program.
The alumni association will keep all of the proceeds from the program until the building has been paid for. After construction costs are reimbursed, the association will provide the district with 35 percent of the proceeds. The district will divide proceeds from the recycling program among student groups that actively participate in the effort.
If the agreement is approved by the district and the alumni association, the recycling building will be constructed east of the elementary school building.
In other business, the Southwest R-5 School Board:
* Hired Linda Morgan and Vaughn Smith as substitute teachers.
* Accepted the resignation of Robert Stephens, middle school science teacher.
* Approved the 2010-11 school year audit and the amended version of the 2011-12 school year audit.
* Hired Davis, Lynn and Moots to conduct the 2011-12 school year audit.
* Approved the Barry County Natural Hazard Mitigation Program resolution.
* Granted an early graduation request from Chase Farrer.
* Approved the transportation and food service reports.
* Reviewed the administrative reports.
* Approved the science and social studies curriculums.
* Held an executive session to discuss personnel matters.
The board also held a special session on Dec. 1, 2011. During the special meeting, board members discussed a possible bond issue to fund the construction of new office areas for the elementary and middle schools and a new music facility at the high school. No action was taken during the meeting.