ES board votes to approve Master Facilities Plan
The Eureka Springs School District is
building a solid future for its students.
The Eureka Springs School Board voted
at its Monday meeting to approve the
Master Facilities Plan for 2018.
Facilities director Mike Dwyer presented
the narrative summary to the board,
discussing future projects, current projects
and completed projects.
For completed projects, he said the
heating, ventilation and air conditioning
(HVAC) system installation in the middle
school gym was finished in November,
and the contractors will return this spring
to test it.
For current projects, Dwyer said the
district is nearing completion on the high
For future projects, he said he and Superintendent
Bryan Pruitt have discussed
the needs for a secure location for the district’s
bus fleet and for an isolated building
for the preschool program.
“We’re attempting to open up more
space in our elementary as we expand and
we grow,” Dwyer said, “and those are two
classrooms that are available.”
The district is currently unable to fence
off the bus shop, he said, because it would
interrupt traffic flow, leaving the shop
open to vandalism and other problems.
Pruitt said they have talked about possibly
buying additional property in the future,
moving the bus facility off campus
and converting the current bus shop into a
“We would then be directing our traffic
to come out around through there,” he
said, “and get everybody off the street. It’s
one of the things we’re looking at for our
master plan for the future.”
Also at the meeting, the board voted to
expel a high school student for the remainder
of the 2018 spring semester for making
threats to a staff member.
Board member Tina Johnson asked how
the student was going to continue their education.
Pruitt said school administrators had advised
the family on how to sign the student
up for virtual school.
“We will do all we can to help them,” he
said. “However, we cannot tolerate threats
made to staff members.”
Board member Jason Morris asked if
law enforcement was notified.
High school principal David
Gilmore said he had notified
local police. He said the district
chose not to press charges
against the student.
Pruitt updated the board on
the Connect 4 program, saying
the C4 board has hired James
Knight of Harrison as director
of the program.
“I think we hired a good guy
who fits on board with the program,”
Pruitt said. “As far as
the C4 building, it should be
ready to go in the fall. I think
we were told it would be completed
He also recognized board
member Debbie Davis with the
Master Board Member Award
for completing more than 50
hours of training.
The board’s next regular
meeting is scheduled for 5:30
p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the