ES board votes to approve Master Facilities Plan

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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

school greenhouse.

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

preschool building.

“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

in mid-May.”

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

Administration Building.

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