The Rose Bud School Board was honored with two short videos that were student produced and starred in, along with certificates thanking them for their service in their regular meeting this week. School board members and their offices are: President Steve Bradley, Vice President Luke Calhoun, Secretary Shawn Gorham, Cody Wortham, and Rodney Hipp. Elementary Principal Melissa Kirkpatrick and High School Principal David Dodge presented the videos and Superintendent Luke Lovins presented them with framed certificates, as a token of their appreciation for all they do.
Kirkpatrick recognized several students for reading 500,000 words read and one million words read in the reading challenge. Students recognized were Amiah Patton, Trayden Sherwood, Brylee Hicks and Harley Jo Jones. Emma Smallwood and Kaitlynn Lacy were also recognized but were not present at the meeting. Dodge recognized Hannah Harrison, Jordan Harrison and Cara Smith who were present at the meeting and Elaina Jett and Riley Jett who were not present.
A Family Science/STEM night was held recently where 12 hours of Science and STEM activities were held and the Museum of Discovery came out to the event.
The high school band attended an all region clinic and Julia Mellick received a 14th chair, 2nd band recognition. The Beta Club raised $1,000 and then purchased Christmas presents for Angel Tree recipients at Christmas time. Senior Carson Lacena recently received a West Point appointment.
Lovins gave his Superintendent report updating the board on the LED lighting audit, gave the Erate progress for a network upgrade and told the board they would host the Jr. High District Tournament February 4 through 9. He then told the board about a piece of property across from the school which is for sale. The property is 2.5 acres. The board approved Lovins to negotiate for the property.
Lovins also gave a SWN update telling the board that the SWN appeal in Conway County was dismissed. Several districts met regarding the lawsuit last week and hope they can move forward on the suit.
Lovins said he is still attending Legislative Committee meetings on Wednesdays serving on the curriculum committee.
They had three student transferring out of the district and one transferring in. The board approved the transfers.
Shawn Gorham stepped out of the room while they discussed the FFA truck purchase. They had received bids from Red River Dodge and Steve Landers Cowboy in Clinton. They had requested one from Orr but they did not respond. One of the quotes also offered a guaranteed two year, 40,000 mile buy back. If they trade the vehicle before that, they guarantee they will give the cost of the truck. The stipulation is that they put a wrap on the truck advertising the dealership. The board asked to clarify the wrap if it was advertising the FFA with only the tailgate advertising the dealership.
The board approved an agreement with Cobb and Suskie to do their 2019 audit, the municipal advisory agreement with Stephens Financials, a Waste Connections one year agreement, board training hours and the proposed budget for 2020-2021 school year.
The board then went into executive session to discuss personnel matters.