August 2020 Board Minutes

Lakeside Board of Education

Regular Meeting

August 10, 2020

Staff Development Room

5:30 P.M.


The meeting was called to order by the president. The following members were present: Ms. Griffin, Rev. Green, Mr. Livingston, Mr. Mosely, Mrs. Thompson and Mr. Williams. Rev. McJoy was absent.

The minutes and financial reports for July 13, 2020 were approved as presented. A motion was made by Ms. Griffin and seconded by Rev. Green to transfer $295,788.70 into the building fund within period thirteen (3) , which leaves the ending balance of $1,600,000. The funding will be used to upgrade electrical, plumbing, HVAC Systems and building repairs throughout the district. The motion carried.

The superintendent stated that the District support and reopening Plan meets Article XIV, 1 of the Arkansas Constitution which requires the State to provide a general, suitable, and efficient system of free public schools, meaning a substantially equal opportunity for an adequate education. To meet this obligation, it is expected that all school districts offer, at a minimum, relevant and engaging onsite learning opportunities each day of the 5-day school week (4 if voted on by the Board because that is an exception allowed by Statute). Lake View solidified the duty of the State to provide all public school children with a substantially equal opportunity for an adequate education. School districts not affording onsite educational opportunities each day creates inequity that impedes the State from ensuring its responsibility is met. Also, the superintendent discussed the school communications Flow Chart, COVID-19 and the District point-of-contact which determines the level of response based on ADH Guidance and Community Spread.

The superintendent discussed Emergency Leave Proposal that the Governor announced (August 7, 2020) supporting the ADE to seek approval from the CARES Committee for $20 million dollars to create a COVID Emergency Leave Fund for school employees who are required to quarantine or isolate due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or identification as a close contact to a confirmed case. If approved, this emergency leave will be available to any school employee who meets the criteria and will provide assurance that school employees will be paid for up to two (2) weeks if required to isolate or quarantine.

A motion was made by Mr. Mosely and seconded by Ms. Griffin to purchase two 20 tons HVAC Trane replacement Units for $25,289.04 from Trane U.S. Inc. (the lowest bidder) to be located at the Lakeside High School gym. The motion carried.

The superintendent gave an update on the high school football field and track project and discussed the process that Claton Varden (Lewis Elliott McMorran Vaden Ragsdale Woodward, Inc.) provided him with procedure Charles Dawson (Geo Surfaces) used to select subcontractor to purchase and haul excavation dirt to the site. The superintendent also discussed the 45 hot spots provided by the Governor and WI-FI being purchased by the district and installed on all route buses with CARES funds.

The president requested that the board go into executive session for the purpose of employment, appointment, promotion, discipline or resignation of personnel. After the discussion, the public was allowed to return.

A motion was made by Ms. Griffin and seconded by Rev. Green to approve the contracts of Anna Elmore (TFA 4th grade), Holly Hele (TFA – High School Biology/Computer Science), Bobby Parker (TFA – High School Art), Nicole Penn (TFA – Elementary 4th Grade), Tabitha Brown (Cafeteria Manager/Data Analysis Districtwide) and accept the resignation of Curtis Ford (Elementary Custodian). The motion carried.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.