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July 17, 2019

Officers change at Poyen School Board

The Poyen School Board met on Thursday, June 20 at the Jerry and Ouida Newton Arena one of the items on the agenda was naming the officers of the board for the upcoming year.

The board has traditionally had a rotating schedule for deciding who fills which position. Two of the positions were to be filled by members who are no longer on the board, so the members that replaced them filled the officer positions. When the board reconvenes in August, the new school board president will be Rachel Wallis, while the vice president will be Kelli Hopkins. Brad Austin will fill the role of secretary.

Buddy Puckett, who was acting in the capacity of president in the absence of John Priebe confirmed with the board members that the rotation plan was satisfactory. Austin agreed with keeping the plan and put forth a motion to keep the rotation schedule going. The motion was passed unanimously.

The board also approved new policies for the upcoming school year, including items such as the mandated recording of school board meetings (with the exception of executive sessions), an update to the policy regarding the duties of licensed personnel as mandated reporters, a change from the National School Lunch to Enhanced Student Achievement Funds, among other items.

In total, there were 119 policy changes, with some being spurred from legislation passed in other states surrounding Arkansas.

In his monthly report to the school board, Superintendent Ronnie Kissire said the lighting project in the district has been completed. Kissire also informed the board of upcoming projects, such as the reflooring in the high school, which is scheduled to begin in July. Kissire also said that work is continuing on the awnings around the campus.

Kissire said he expects work to commence on the elementary parking lot soon and asked the board to vote on a motion to remove the old press box that was attached to the former softball field near the elementary campus.

The reasoning for the removal of the press box is to have buses running through that area once the parking lot is completed and Entergy Arkansas removes a power pole from the area. Until the pole is removed, the school cannot use the road between the old gym and the elementary for buses.

Kissire also gave an update on the flooding issue at the Poyen Sports Complex, as a load of French drains were dropped at the fields on the day of the school board meeting.

One of the last items Kissire mentioned in his report is that the Open House will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. The high school will utilize the sports arena for its open house.

There will be no July meeting of the Poyen School Board. The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Eric Moore
Sports Editor

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