Vilonia Board of Education conducts monthly business

A first, the Vilonia School District will have an athletic trainer on staff this year.

The Vilonia Board of Education, Monday night, approved entering a contract with Conway Orthopedics and Sports Center to provide the trainer.

“This is a one year deal,” said Ed Sellers, athletic director/ assistant superintendent, addressing the board. “This is a person with us full time. The person will start before 8 a.m. and it will be a 12 month job.”

The trainer could also work about three nights a week, Sellers said. The salary is to be $31,000 with the district paying $12,500.  Conway Regional Medical Center has donated $18,500, Sellers said, to go to the salary. Also, Sellers said, there will be other costs including supplies and transportation.

In other business, the board:

--Approved a resolution regarding salary increases of five percent or more.

--Approved six student transfer requests to the district.

--Approved the annual school board election notice as well as polling places. Three candidates, Carey William Wells, Gina McNew and Kent Charles are all vying for Position 7 on the board.  The election is to be held Sept. 20. The polling places will be at the First Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church.  The deadline to register to vote in order to vote in the school election is Aug. 22.

--Approved a seven year contract with Pepsi for supplying beverages.

--Approved renewing services with Renaissance Learning at a cost of $32,695.80.

--Approved Phonic Connections training provided by Apple Group at a cost of $12,100.

--Approved the purchase of 145 chromebooks, to be used by first and second graders, at a cost of $39,984.48 from White River Services. Also, 23 charging carts costing $12,279.

--Approved a contract for professional services with Generation Ready at a cost of $45,000.

Following executive session the following was announced:

Resignations:  Jonathan Oxner, Michelle Childres and Bonnie Weeks.

New hires include Terri Bunch and Zachary Zirbel as teachers, Belinda Glover as a sub bus driver and Cindy Fortson as a classroom aide, Flora Ensey as a food service worker and Bambi Bartlett as a daycare teacher.

The following contract changes were also announced:  Cindy Holt, Josh Riggins and Staci Allen as dyslexia aides II; Blair Evans from part-time to full-time computer lab aide II; Clayton Winn, from full-time ALE bus driver to sub bus driver, Jack Morgan from sub bus driver to full-time ALE bus driver, Will Black will add bowling to his coaching duties and Ben Morris will add track to his coaching duties.


Mike Armstrong of Nabholz, thanked the board for allowing the company to do the safe room project at Frank Mitchell Intermediate School, adding “for all practical purposes, we are done.” However, he said, code officials would not be there until Aug. 12, conducting the final tests.

Assistant superintendent Cathy Riggins provided a curriculum update regarding reading and writing programs and standards teachings. The teachers and staff, she said, have been meeting during the summer working on curriculum alignment.