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School board meets to discuss personnel

The Lonoke School Board met during a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss resignations and hiring of personnel.

During the meeting, the board unanimously voted to accept the resignations of Timothy Scarborough as Middle School teacher/coach and Clint Shadwick as High School teacher/coach.

The transfer of Karen Burgess from Primary School to Middle School eighth grade literacy and eighth grade literacy inclusion teacher, along with serving as the instructional facilitator for the middle school campus, was also approved. Burgess is replacing former eighth-grade literacy instructor, Alice Bridges who retired this past year.

New hires unanimously approved were Deanie Sherrell, as Primary School Secretary, Middle School Art teacher Kristen Farmin, Erica Jewell as High School Counselor, High school English teacher Natalie Flemming and Bret Watson as Middle School physical education teacher, health teacher and assistant high school coach.

In other business, the board was presented with two options for wireless service at the elementary and middle schools. The first option offered complete coverage for each school. Option two only offered coverage in the core classrooms at each school, with the option to add additional coverage at a later date.

Three bids were received for both option one and option two. For option one, the highest bid was from the vendor Howard, Xirrus brand, with a total cost of $67, 906.75. Howard offered 21 access points at the elementary school and 14 access points at the middle school. The lowest bid was from the vendor Telecomp, Aerohive brand, for a total of $31,521.84. Telecomp offered 25 access points at the elementary school and 21 access points at the middle school.

On option two, the highest bid was from the vendor Howard, Xirrus brand, for a total of $37,420. Howard offered only 13 access points at the elementary school and seven access points at the middle school, on option two. The lowest bid was from the vendor Telecomp, Aerohive brand, for a total of $15,375. On option two, Telecomp offered 17 access points at the elementary school and 14 access points at the middle school.

The board unanimously accepted the bid on option one from Telecomp for $31,521.84.

There was a first reading of board policy revisions, due to the recent legislative session. Further discussion on the changes will be held at the next upcoming meeting.

Chris James, Mike Brown and Tony Kellybrew were absent from the meeting.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday in the administration building.

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