The Quitman School Board elected officers for the 2018-2019 school year at their regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, June 25. President will be Julie Varvil; Kristie McClung as Vice President and Luke Fenley will serve as Secretary. Fenley was recently elected to the School Board, he replaces outgoing President Susan Johnson. The board has a vacancy due to the resignation of Daniel Wright. They will work on appointing someone to fill the seat at the next board meeting on July 16.

The board approved one resignation and two hires for the summer.

Superintendent Dennis Truxler gave an update on classroom safe shelters saying he had visited two companies about this and gave the board information on the one he thought could provide them with what they need. When asked if they could get the company to come in and give them a presentation, Truxler said he would contact them about doing so. He is also awaiting pricing.

Truxler said there had been a minor setback on the new science building because the metal roof had been punched wrong but they are pushing to get caught up so they will be back on schedule.

Superintendent Truxler informed the board the 2013 IRS issue has finally been resolved.  Mr. Truxler stated the IRS had sent notices showing the district owed in excess of $50,000 for errors made in the bookkeeping office.  But through the work of Denise Kennedy and Representative Rick Crawford’s staff, the issue has been resolved and the district will recoup approximately $3,000.

Superintendent Truxler asked the board about the potential of any staff being trained and receiving their concealed carry license.  Mr. Truxler stated he knew both the Clarksville and Heber Springs superintendents have addressed this at their districts.  Board member Johnie Walters stated he believed David Hopkins at Clarksville actually started this in Arkansas.  With no objection from the board, Mr. Truxler stated he would reach out to both these superintendents for more information.

Michael Stacks, Elementary Principal, then gave the update on what was happening in the schools. He discussed the end of year staff meeting had went well and they decided on a new hashtag for social media. It is #qpsbettertogether.

They are working on CTE monitoring that will happen in December.

Quitman is one of the schools that has been chosen to participate in the pilot PLC program for the state. Quitman is the only district in this region to be chosen. PLC Coach Regina Owens is guiding a coalition meeting August 30 and 31 and will perform needs assessment.

Several students in the National Junior Beta attended the Convention and placed as follows:  Madison Harneck placed 1st in Fabric; Hanna Tennyson placed 5th in Photography and Marissa Reynolds and Lily Kennedy received the Golden Ticket in Dance.

The PTO donated $10,000 towards school supplies and the school supply lists will be out soon,

Rieley Hooten, Aspen Johnson and Coach Stephanie Davis were in the All Star Games.

Coaches are holding football and basketball camps and also getting their CDL’s, as is Stacks.

July 1 the ACT Aspire scores should be in and they will be reviewing those. There are seven new staff members district wide. Stacks said they are planning a Team Building day at Jack’s Ultra Sports, Paintball and Laser Tag soon.

Stacks said he and the incoming high school principal attended a coop on poverty and parental involvement. They want to involve the board and community leaders to have a training day to help understand what it is to live in poverty. They hope this will help teachers understand where students are coming from. They are also working on a Kindness challenge.

 The first day of school is scheduled for August 15. Physicals will be held August 17.

The board discussed the possible need for an additional ag teacher to help with vocational progress.

The board then accepted bids for polishing concrete floors and asbestos abatement. They then approved a legal transfer of a student into the district.