Last Tuesday, June 18, the Mena School Board held their June meeting at the Administration building. The board voted and approved Todd Aynes as the School Board President for the 2019-2020 year, and voted Kyle Cannon as Vice President and Edd Puckett as Secretary.
Multiple personnel changes were made at the meeting, as the board accepted the resignation of Tim Harper, Amanda Harper, Steve Breedlove, David Hampton, Aaron Pennington, Macklin Chermak, Melody Rowe, Thomas Powell, Hannah Powell, and Lauren Quillin. The board also approved the transfer of Bridget Buckley to the position of Mena High School Assistant Principal, and the hiring of Craig Bentley as Head Football Coach, Lauren Frost as High School Secretary, and Sarah Bentley as a 1st Grade Teacher at Louise Durham.
A construction and summer upgrades report was given by Danny Minton. At Louise Durham, work is being done on the floors, as well as painting and construction on the playground. At Holly Harshman, a new wall has been constructed for access to storage, and new LED lights have been installed. At Mena Middle School, new LED lights have been installed in Jim Rackley Gymnasium, and a sidewalk has been completed to concoct the High School and the Middle School near the Ag Building. At Mena High School, the numbers on the parking lot have been re-painted, and a concrete access ramp has been poured at the Field House.
The board approved a $300,000.00 transfer from the operating fund to the building fund. The transfer will bring the district into compliance with ACT 1105 which obligates the district to lower its legal balance to meet the June 30th State Required legal balance of 20% of net revenues.
Building and Property Insurance was renewed through the ASBA Risk Management Program with an increase of $18,735.38. The increase was due for most part because of the new construction at Louise Durham.
The board also approved the renewal of the Supplemental Student Accidental Insurance Policy, which remained unchanged at $33,868.00.