The Van Buren School District is expected to end the school year with a balance of more than $5 million.
"We project an ending balance of between $5.2 million and $5.4 million," Superintendent Dr. Harold Jeffcoat told the school board Tuesday night at its April meeting. "We have gotten 75 percent of our budget and spent 72 percent."
The 2015-16 budget is estimated at $48 million.
Jeffcoat also told the board $1.7 million has been transferred to the district’s building fund because of the board’s decision last yer to refinance bonds.
"We are now at $3.9 million in the building fund," he said.
The board voted 7-0 to update 42 personnel policies to bring them in line with Arkansas School Board standards and state statutes.
"With the changes, we now have a solid set of policies," Jeffcoat told the board.
Jeffcoat also thanked Robert Rogers, a high school teacher, who was president of the committee that met numerous time to revamp the policies.
"They are now easy to understand and I think that is important," board member Carmen Young said.
Jeffcoat, board president Christy Mayo and board members Candice Settle-Beshears and Theresa Bell reported on the recent National School Board Association meeting in Boston.
"This was far more than just seat time," Jeffcoat said. "It was a good conference which revealed many new ways to learn and how to be more flexible."
Settle-Beashers said she particularly liked the session on the mental health crisis and what the local school district can do to recognize the threat.
"We need to make sure our students who need help get it," she said.
The board also voted to approve the elimination of 12 curriculum coach positions, effective with the end of the 2015-16 contract. The curriculum coaches were given $5,500 non-renew stripends and the positions were dissolved.
Included were Manon Arnold and Debbie Height at Tate, Julia Cottrell at City Heights, Summer Cox and Susan Loyd at Central, Sue Grace and Linda Wear at Rena, Alice Humphrey and Lisa Johnson at King, Angela Raley and Cindy Williams at Parkview and Michelle Shipman at Northridge.
In other certified personnel matters, the board voted to approve the resignations of Keri Blevins as a Rena Elementary teacher, effective April 1; James Kyle Harwood as high school special education teacher, effective March 31; Amanda Maxwell as Northridge teacher, effective with the end of the school year; Deborah Pinkard as special education teacher and bus aide at Central Elementary, effective at the end of the school year; Dan Roberts with physical plant service, effective Oct. 1; Nancy Schneider as Rena teacher, effective with the end of the school year; and Christopher Ross, Freshman Academy teacher, effective at the end of the school year.
In classified personnel matters, the board accepted the resignations of Rena nurse Mae Nicole Fergeson, bus aide Doris Hodgens, special education aide June Hood, City Heights cafeteria manager Betty Moore, Butterfield cook Priscilla Kay Richesin, bus driver Mike Sanderson, VBHS secretary Karen Schuler, Rena cook Patricia Trammell, administration finance secretary Deborah Davis, VBHS custodian Carl Odell Nunley and preschool bus driver Janetta Willis.
Freshman Academy registrar/attendance secretary Mary Curd was granted a leave of absence from Aug. 15 to Jan. 2, 2017.
The board approved the termination of Rena custodian Mike Woodard.