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School employees get $1,000 bonus

The Carlisle School Board approved a one-time $1,000 bonus to current district employees during their board meeting Aug. 11.

Superintendent Jason Clark said the bonus is to show the employees appreciation for returning and to boast morale going into the school year.

The board hired Leslie Cullum as elementary school cafeteria worker and Maxine Thrift as shuttle driver to take a blind student to the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock. Clark said Thrift is very dependable, has a good driving record and the student likes her.

The board also approved to hire Brynden Weems and Devon Kendrick as temporary student workers. Clark said the district needed some extra manpower to get things moved to trash and have classroom furniture moved, so he asked football coach Jack Keith for a couple of football players to help.

The district now has a concussion test for football players. Clark said concussion awareness and how to treat concussions are hot topics, so an impact test was administered to the junior and high school football players.

“Now if a kid experiences a concussion, we will have a baseline of cognitive functionality,” Clark said. “We can give post test to determine how easily he [player] is progressing, coming back from a concussion.”

He said an example of the test is the player will be given a set of words, then asked to recall the words.

Clark said the 30 minute test will not prevent concussions, but would give data to determine how sufficient the concussion is and how the player is progressing. The data can then be used to determine when the player can return to the field. He said parents are also given information to give to their doctor.

“Children’s Hospital representative said we are one of the few schools our size, that he knows of, that are administering it,” board member CJ Parker said.

In other business, the board approved the grocery bid to Performance Food Group.

Clark announced due to no change in current school tax rate and no opposed candidates this election, voting will be held by early vote and absentee only. There will be no polling sites on election day, Sept. 16 and early voting will be held 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9-15 at the Lonoke County Clerk’s office.

Clark went over test scores with board members. Administrative goals, Clark said, are to exceed state average, meet annual measurable objectives, avoid needs improvement status and increase scores each year.

Clark said test scores are, for elementary: first grade math-43, reading-33 and language-30; second grade math-89, reading-56 and language-61; third grade math-90 and literacy-80; fourth grade math-70 and literacy-87; fifth grade math-74, literacy-88 and science-58; sixth grade math-67 and literacy-78.

High school scores were: seventh grade math-59; literacy-75 and science-46; eighth grade math- 55 and literacy-77; end of course algebra-70; end of course geometry-84; 11th grade literacy-67; end of course Biology-54.

Clark said the district’s new website, http://bison.wmsc.k12.ar.us/, is up.

The next board meeting will be held 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the administration building.

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