The Hope School Board heard reports to the public from all four schools in the district Monday night.
The Hope School Board heard reports to the public from all four schools in the district Monday night. Representatives from Clinton Primary, Beryl Henry Elementary, Yerger Middle School, and Hope High School gave reports on financial, accreditation, federal programs, and professional development issues. The board voted on elected officers in the meeting also. Joe Short remained president of the board, Danny Watson kept his post as vice-president, and Jesus Coronado remained secretary of the board. Terms were also picked, as the school board went from eight members to seven because of a new state law. Coronado, Short, and Denny Dickinson all drew three year terms; Millie Green and Danny Watson both drew two year terms, and Viney Johnson and Willie Buck drew one year terms. “We implemented this staggered system so that we would not have any board members without a position,” Superintendent Bobby Hart said. “We wanted to make sure there would be seven board members at all times.” The next agenda item was a presentation by Jason Holdsclaw with Smith and Co., and there was a brief discussion on the bond issue. “The bond issue discussion was to pass a resolution for changes in payments,” Hart said. The board approved the minority teacher recruitment plan. The board actively recruits minority teachers according to state guidelines. The board received a first reading of the Homeschool Extracurricular Activities resolution. “The home schooled students in the district will be able to participate in the extracurricular activities of the schools in the district,” Hart said. “The board has to approve the participation, and we will hear the second reading at our next board meeting.” The board's final item was the acceptance of resignations from the district. All resignations were accepted.