Board of Education meeting includes resignation incentive

At the Vilonia Board of Education meeting, held last week, the board unanimously approved an early resignation notification incentive. Dr. David Stephens, school superintendent, recommended the measure. Those qualifying will be eligible to receive incentives ranging from $500 to $1,000 for notifying school officials early in the year of their intent to resign or retire. For instance, a teacher retiring at the end of a school year or resigning may alert the administration in January and be eligible for a $1,000 incentive.

“The earlier we find out, we can start the search for qualified candidates,” Stephens said.

On another note, the board approved selling a mobile home that is no longer being used by the district. It is currently setting on the side of the elementary campus. Stephens said it is in poor condition. It will be disposed of through the bidding process.  A bid submitted, Stephens said, will include purchase and removal. If there are no bids, Stephens said, it will go for scrap. 

In other business, the board:

--Approved work at the track at a cost of $87,205 contracting with Fisher Tracks . Stephens said it will be a five or six year fix. At that time, he said, he anticipates the football field will also have to be redone.

--Approved the purchase of a softball score board not to exceed $45,000 with the district’s portion not to exceed $15,000. It was said the softball booster club will be donating funding for the purchase.  

--Approved the purchase of 7,400 gallons of diesel fuel from Green and Chapman. 

-- Accepted the resignation of Kim Armstrong as custodian. Employed Madison Daves, Eagles Landing, part-time and Calley Westby as a paraprofessional.

Prior to the business meeting, the Vilonia School District conducted their annual address to the public. It began with presentation of objectives and the recognition of teachers. Programs were highlighted and there was an overview of the budget.