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Coach hired; ALE students to go to Lonoke

Brandon Barbaree was hired as the new Carlisle High School football coach by the Carlisle School Board at their meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Jason Clark said Barbaree gets the students respect. Barbaree said he would do the best he could and he loves the students.

Barbaree was the Carlisle Junior High football coach and the high school defensive coordinator this year. Before coming to Carlisle, he was the England High School football coach. He played four years of football at the University of Central Arkansas and received his masters in educational leadership from Harding University.

Alternative Learning Environment [ALE] students next school year will go to Lonoke for a special ALE program.

The board approved to purchase five seats for $33,250 to expand their ALE for 6th through 12th grade students.

Clark said ALE students are students that struggle to learn, have behavior or emotional problems.

He said ALE gives the student a second chance instead of expulsion.

Currently, he said, ALE students are in one classroom that is in the middle of the school, teachers rotate teaching subjects and they still interact with the other students at lockers and in the cafeteria. He also said the same teachers who taught the students the first time, are now using the same strategies to teach them in ALE. So, at Lonoke, the teachers are specialized in teaching ALE students.

Carlisle will bus the students to and from Lonoke.

The program is called CORE, which stands for “Commit to other routes of education.”

“The vision of the program is to provide students with a learning environment designed to provide guidance, counseling and academic support necessary to enable students who are experiencing emotional, social or academic problems to continue to make progress toward educational goals appropriate to each individual student’s specific situation, characteristics, abilities and aspirations,” Clark told the board.

He said the teacher would understand lecture and drill is not the best way to reach these students. The program would provide intervention services designed to address a student’s specific educational and behavioral needs and the students would have access to school counselors, mental health professionals, nurse and support staff.

In other business: the board approved resignations of kindergarten teacher Mary Kelly, who served in the district 33 years, high school Family Consumer Science teacher Debbie Tyler, who served 17 years, high school math teacher Tim Hill and bus driver Les Benge.

The board approved the 2013-14 school calendar. According to the calendar, the first day of school is Aug. 19 and the last day is May 30. Thanksgiving holiday is Nov. 25-29, Christmas break is Dec. 23-Jan. 3, Martin Luther King holiday is Jan. 20, President’s Day is Feb. 20, Spring break is March 24-28 and high school graduation is May 18.

Clark said fall parent-teacher conferences were moved up to Sept. 24 to get a head start on any struggling students. Clark said President’s Day would be used as a snow day if needed and the other snow days if needed would be made up at the end of the school year. Clark also said Thanksgiving break would be five days, instead of three days.

The board approved to receive bids to demolish the old high school home economics building. Clark said the single stand-alone building is free and clear of asbestos and people have vandalized the building by knocking in the doors, bursting holes in the sheet rock and putting graffiti on the walls.

“I think it’s in the best interest to start tearing it down,” board member Cliff Schafer said.

Clark gave board members an update on sells from the regional basketball tournament.

He said 3,216 tickets were sold for a total of $16,080 in ticket sells, but all ticket sales would go to the Arkansas Activities Association. He said $2,580 worth of t-shirts were sold and gross concession stand sales were $11,659. Clark thanked everyone who helped with the tournament. Clark also thanked school board member Bryan Oliger for working as the disc jockey during the four-day tournament.

Clark told board members that Steve and Bill Reed sponsored the elementary school receiving a $500 Exxon grant to purchase science materials and Clark said he received a check for $2,516 from the Carlisle Lions Club from football concession stand sells.

Clark announced parent teacher conferences would be from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

Clark also announced that Mayor Ray Glover asked him if the city could rent the old high school gym — Raymond H. Brown Gymnasium — as a wellness center for citizens to exercise and walk around an indoor track. The board agreed for Glover to speak to them at the April board meeting.

The next school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 in the administration building.

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