School board hires new principals

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The Carlisle School board unanimously voted to hire two new principals Monday night during the school board meeting.

Brad Horn of Cabot will be taking the position of high school principal for the 2013-2014 school year. Horn has been teaching for 14 years in both the secondary and mid-level grades. He is also served four years in the Navy. Horn is currently a teacher in the Cabot School District.

Superinten-dent Jason Clark said while interviewing Horn for the elementary principal position, he saw better fit for him in the high school principal’s position.

“I saw things in him that would make a top notch principal,” Clark said.

Karen Norton of Warren has accepted the position as elementary principal for the 2013-2014 school year. She has worked in the school system for 17 years and was named the Arkansas Teacher of the Year in 2002. Norton is currently the assistant principal at Monticello Intermediate School.

“I’m very excited,” Norton said.

The board also unanimously voted to accept Clark’s proposal to pay round trip mileage and $50 per day to Norton and Horn for days worked until July 1 when their contracts begin. Clark said he is ready to both of them to work and both are under contract with their districts, which are almost up.

In other business, Clark told the board that the bid deadline for the high school asphalt project has been extended until noon on Monday, May 20. Clark said he is hoping the bids would come in within or below the budget. He said once the bids are in, the board will the decide what they want to spend in asphalt.

The board unanimously voted to authorize Stratton Seed to purchase fill dirt from the high school property for $20 per load, pending they find an alternate route from the high school drive or parking lot. McCallie and board member Cliff Schafer both expressed their concern with large trucks being driven on the school drives and the parking lots.

The board was presented with a proposal to allow a newly-started non-profit football program to use the football field for games. The organization, Carlisle Youth Football League is separate from both the school and the city football program because it is to be Christian based and the gospel will be shared with the boys, according to Eric Thorton.

This is to rid the city or district of any liability issues. Thorton said the program is designed for boys in third through sixth grade and will be privately funded by local churches. Thorton said he and other parents saw both a need and an opportunity to share “Jesus Christ” with these young men, as well as to teach them character, discipline and potentially produce better athletes. The board agreed that more information about the program’s game dates and its role with the city league was needed before any decision could be made.

Clark said the scheduling loyalty would first to the school varsity teams, then to the city and then to the Carlisle Youth Football League, if there was room for a third team.

“We will take this into consideration,” board president Terry McCallie said. “We need to dig into it a little deeper.”

Thorton told the board, despite their decision, the program would still be started.

School of choice regulations have seen a major change, according to Clark. Clark said the racial balance for school of choice is no longer a factor. According to Clark, anyone wishing to Carlisle School District for the 2013-2014 school year has until June 1 to apply. He said according to the new changes, the district can not lose more than three percent of its population. Clark said there are already five students wanting to choice into the district; two from Hazen, two from Lonoke and one from DeWitt. He said there is also one student wanting to choice out to Stuttgart.

The district’s annual accreditation report is in. Clark said it is often a difficult task, but both the elementary and high school are fully accredited for the 2012-2013 school year.

Also during the meeting, the board unanimously voted to:

• Appoint William Rountree as athletic director

• Hire Holly Boothe as sixth grade literacy teacher

• Hire Bawanna Hooper as psychological examiner

• Accept the resignation of Adam Leatherwood as coach

• Accept the resignation of Sammy Ussery as high school principal

• Accept the resignation of Tim Hill as bus driver

• Accept the resignation of Michael Smith as track coach, social studies teacher and bus driver

• Purchase the TLI testing assessment for $15, 774

• Contract Christopher Saw at $8.25 per hour for tech support

High school graduation is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday at Bison Arena. Sixth grade graduation will be at 9 a.m. on May 28 in the Elementary Cafeteria.

C.J. Parker was absent from the meeting. The next regular scheduled board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on June 10 in the board room at the superintendent’s office.

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