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Oliger resigns from school board

Carlisle School board members welcome new hires on Monday night during the school board meeting. (Photo by Allison Goodman)Buy Photo
Carlisle School board members welcome new hires on Monday night during the school board meeting. (Photo by Allison Goodman)

The Carlisle School Board recognized the resignation letter of board vice president Bryan Oliger by vote Monday night during the school board meeting. Oliger’s resignation was effective June 21.

Bryan had served 10 years on the school board for Zone 1. Although Oliger is resigning from the position, Superintendent Jason Clark said he already on the ballot for the upcoming school board election in September.

“Thank you [Bryan] for what you’ve done for the school board and for the 10 years served,” Clark said.

According to Oliger, the reason he resigned from his position is because his daughter, Lindy Hearn was selected for the open kindergarten teaching position. He said by law, he can not be a member of the board when she is hired. Oliger said although Hearn has worked for he Lonoke School District the past two years, Carlisle was where she wanted to be.

“Of course you want to do for your children,” Oliger said. “But it was a hard thing to do. It was bitter sweet.”

Oliger said he will continue to attend the board meetings so he can continue to stay current on what is happening on the agenda. Since his resignation, Oliger has filed to run for the position in September. Until the election, Oliger recommended Amiee Moody to temporarily fill the position.

The board unanimously voted to appoint Moody as board member for Zone 1 until the September school elections.

Board member Debbie Reid is up for re-election in September. Due to Reid and Oliger running unopposed, the board unanimously voted to pass a voted resolution asking that no polling sites be opened and only allow absentee and early voting for the September school board election.

Substitute teachers wanting to work in the district must now apply through Subteach USA, a substitute employment service. Due to the new healthcare intuitive, any substitute working more than 32 hours per week must be receive full benefits, according to Clark. Clark said by going with Subteach, all hiring, training, termination and payroll will be done through the service. He said the district will still have local control, but will see a cost savings concerning payment of benefits.

Clark said both Hazen and Lonoke School districts are currently using the service. Cost for the district will be $81 per day, per sub. The board unanimously approve a one-year commitment with Subteach for the 2013-2014 school year.

Home school students will now be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities, according to Clark. Clark said due to a new state-mandated policy, home school students can participate in the activities but will be required to attend one period at the school per day. He said the district will be reimbursed for the period the student attends.

“I don’t know how many we will get out of this,” Clark said. “We don’t have many home school kids.”

Although some board members were not in agreement of the new policy, it is mandated.

“It’s like they want to have their cake and eat it too,” Clark said. “They want their kid to play on our team, but don’t want to send the kid to our school. We’ve just got to play the hand we are dealt.”

Clark said the student must reside within the district to participate in any of the activities at Carlisle. He said they will also be subject to all applicable parts of the handbook.

The board voted unanimously to accept the home school policy as presented.

During Clark’s administration report, he said he has been approached by City Parks Director Ronnie Ashmore about finishing the yellow safety lining on the baseball field. Clark said he believes it will make the field look better and agreed to spend $408 to have the lining finish since the district uses the field.

All but one job opening has been filled in the district, according to Clark. Clark said they are looking for an in-school suspension (ISS) teacher at this time. He said new high school principal Brad Horn has been conducting interviews, but is not ready to make a recommendation to the board at this time.

In other business, the board unanimously voted to:

-Approve three freedom of choice applicants to attend school in the district; two from Hazen and one from DeWitt

•Accept the high school handbook changes

• Accept the elementary handbook changes

• Approve inventory deletions as presented

• Accept the resignation of William Rountree as basketball coach and athletic director

• Hire Katey Evans as computer lab teacher

• Hire Chris Houser as coach and teacher, pending his release from the Stuttgart School District

• Hire Lindy Hearn as kindergarten teacher

• Hire Lonnie Roberson as coach and teacher

-Hire Amanda Stark as Elementary and High School Aide

• Appoint Brandon Barbaree as Athletic Director

• Amend the contract of Shawn Carter from 200 day to 190 days

-Purchase the prep period from Susie Ward for the 2013-2014 school year

-Hire Fred Cashaw for $2,500 as facility consultant

Debbie Reid was absent from the meeting. The next board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 in the board room at the superintendent’s office. First day of school will be Aug. 19.

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