R-5 District moves on summer projects

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In recent board action, members of the Southwest R-5 School Board approved resignations and hired several teachers.

On May 16, the board accepted the resignation of Janet Bose, a Title 1 aide, and Virginia Roller, a library aide. On June 13, the board accepted resignations from Jess Ross, high school social studies teacher, and Traci Snyder, a fifth grade teacher.

Employment was offered to: Chris Hunt, middle and high school agriculture teacher; Rachel Pierce, high school agriculture teacher; Julie Pruitt, eighth grade communication arts teacher; Wendt Wright, substitute bus driver; Rusty Roe, boys physical education teacher and basketball coach; Ashley Roe, third grade, contingent upon being released from her contract with Wheaton School District; Cindy Harvey, fifth grade teacher; and Deborah Toler, elementary counselor.

The board unanimously approved adding $1,000 to the base certified salary schedules and 20 cents to classified salary schedules. The base salary for Southwest teachers now stands at $29,500.

Substitute teacher pay rates were increased by the board to $80 per day. Other increases include: substitute cooks, $54.38 per day; substitute custodian, $60 per day; and substitute bus drivers, $27 to $30 per route.

The board also approved contracts with Scott Regional Technology Center and the Barry-Lawrence Developmental Center for the upcoming academic year.

Breakfast and lunch prices have been set for the 2013-14 year as follows:

Breakfast in Kindergarten through 12th grade students is $1, and the reduced price is 25 cents. The adult price is $1.25.

Lunch price for students in Kindergarten through fourth grade is $1.50; in grades fifth through eighth, prices are $1.75; and high school prices are $1.75. Reduced lunch prices are 40 cents. Adults will pay $2.25 per lunch. Extra milk will be available at a cost of 35 cents per carton.

S&K Dirtworks, of Rogers, Ark., was hired to work on the parking and driveway areas, contingent on proof of adequate insurance. Ozark Roofing was awarded the bid for the roofing project.

Board members discussed replacing nine security cameras at the elementary and middle school buildings, and installing an access control system near the elementary cafeteria.

Other summer projects include:

* Installation of a telephone and intercom system at the middle school.

* Construction of an elementary office in the corner of the elementary cafeteria.

* Building on to the existing recycling building to house a compactor baler.

* Installation of air conditioning in the elementary kitchen.

* Running water lines to the baseball and softball fields.

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