Quitman High School Principal Michael Stacks and Quitman Elementary School Principal Julie Wallace announced to the School Board that both the high school and the elementary school have received a “B” rating on the 2017 Performance Report published by the Arkansas Department of Education.

            According to the board meeting minutes, “the board was pleased to know that both the elementary and high school have received a rating of a ‘B’ and both are very close to being rated an ‘A’.” The principals expressed their belief that both of the schools will “achieve the rating of an ‘A’ by next year.”

            The principals informed the board of academic and athletic accomplishments to date and updated them on the progress of developing a Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Pilot program in the district. PLC programs are an on-going school improvement practice of teachers working together to increase student achievement.

            Following the principals’ reports, Superintendent Dennis Truxler informed the school board that the current enrollment in the school district is 689 students. That figure is 35 more students than on last year’s performance record. “Truxler went on to explain student growth funding and what it could mean for the district in the 2019-20 school year.”

            In other business, the board discussed purchasing a new school bus. “Superintendent Truxler informed the board that the bus he was recommending to purchase had been sold.” He went on to explain that he did not feel comfortable signing a contract for the purchase of a school bus without the school board having the opportunity to discuss and vote on it. The board agreed to authorize Truxler and Keith Rooney, the district bus mechanic, to purchase a bus if they should find one within the budgeted amount of $60,000.

            Other approved purchases were a bid from Ron Schrock in the amount of $32,197.50 for the installation of safe shelters, and the approval of using Drug Free Schools as the student drug testing vendor for the year.

            Personnel business included the hiring of an employee for the cafeteria, accepting the resignation of a member of the classified staff, and approval of contract changes for a few staff members.

            Important dates to be noted include the board approval of changing this year’s graduation date from May 13 to May 5, 2019. Other dates to be remembered are November 13 for Board training to be held at Arch Ford, and the Annual Public Meeting scheduled to be held on October 9 in the high school library. The Public Meeting will begin at 5:30 and the regular October school board meeting will be held afterward.