Jessieville School District’s board of education met recently to discuss a variety of issues; however, a majority of the meeting centered on “thank yous” and “goodbyes.”
Longtime JVSD board member Charles Williams chose not to seek another term but dropped by to eat a farewell dinner with his former board members.
JVSD superintendent Dr. Ralph Carter presented Williams with a framed photograph of the historic rock building to honor Williams’ contributions. Carter remarked, “Charles served on the JVSD board for 15 years and will be greatly missed by staff, students and other board members. His knowledge of the school system and his heart for children sets him apart from others. He has been a great mentor to me, and his impact on the board will be felt for years to come.
“I am optimistic he will continue to be a presence in the school community, at the ball fields and will remain active as a volunteer. I am grateful for his help, guidance and for being close by when I need a listening ear. I will miss his presence on our board. Thank you Charles Williams for your service.”
Williams acknowledged the gift with a hearty “thank you,” and left with a jovial wave of the hand saying, “I’ve gotta go sell hot dogs.”
September’s staff members were recognized and honored in a PowerPoint presentation. Each honoree’s name and comments regarding performance were noted.
Three departments within the JVSD system garnered favor – the elementary’s fifth-grade teachers, the high school electives teachers and the custodial and maintenance department.
 Liz Schiefer was named the staff member of the month for the Farmers Insurance Russell Agency. Kevin Meacham presented a gift card to Schiefer, who plans to use the money to buy a class project for her chemistry classes.
The board unanimously accepted the consent agenda, including the hiring of Kim Dickson and Todd Graves as noncertified personnel. The consent agenda also approved past meeting minutes and the financial report for period two of the 2018 school year.
Principal reports were abbreviated and indications point to the year steadily moving along. The latest cookie dough fundraiser by the parent/teacher organization raised several thousand dollars. Seventh grade classrooms are nearing capacity and middle school parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Oct. 19.
JVSDHS ACT tests statistics indicate overall scores are up by half a point and 15 more students took the test this year over 2016. The boys and girls golf teams won district tournaments and Oct. 13 is Special Olympics.
A new JVSD promotional video was debuted for those in attendance. The flick can be viewed on the school’s website and YouTube. Patrice Klitz, who teaches English, has plans to market the film to KVRE Radio in Hot Springs Village, the State Chamber of Commerce board and other outlets.
Kevin Meacham was announced as the newest member of the school board by Carter, who also informed the board a new legislative liaison needs to be named to replace Williams.
New flooring is soon to be laid in the elementary library and media center. Southern Floors was awarded the job at a cost of $18,050.09 for mixed material flooring of a no-wax flooring and carpet tiles.
The board approved the 2017-18 budget, the 2017-18 special education budget amendment. The Assurances and Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, as well as the 2017-18 Alternative Methods of Instruction Plan and the Minority Teacher and Administrator Recruitment Plan, were granted approval.
JVSD board meets the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Jeff Click Administration building. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.