ES school board moves forward with elementary renovations

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

By Haley Schichtl

The Eureka Springs school board voted Wednesday to move forward with renovating the elementary building.

“Elementary remodel phase two will be a continuation of what we did last summer,” superintendent Bryan Pruitt said. “We budgeted $800,000 for that total project.”

In other business, the board voted to give personnel a bonus of $1,250 on Nov. 15 as recommended by the personnel policy committees.

The middle school and high school principals attended the meeting to give updates on their schools.

Middle school principal Cindy Holt mentioned the events of Red Ribbon Week and Teen Summit, a day where all the eighth-graders in the county go to Berryville.

“Our kids, as usual, were awesome and interacting with the groups they were part of and the speakers, and some folks that were putting it on, even called the school to say, ‘Your kids were the best.’ ”

High school principal David Gilmore said Homecoming week at the high school also went well.

“We did our traditional bonfire, and traditionally we have the Art Club make the mascot of the other team, and we’ll throw that in the middle of the fire and burn it up, but this year it was Life Way Christian, so we didn’t want to do that.”

Gilmore talked about the school’s Renaissance program, which rewards students for their academic achievement and good behavior.

“Today was our Renaissance reward day for all the students who qualified for that. They took them over to the Altitude Trampoline Park in Fayetteville,” Gilmore said. “We had 45 students attend, so that’s almost a quarter of our population at the high school.”

High school financial literacy teacher Rachael Moyer, along with three of her students, then gave an update with what her classes are learning.

“We have our conceptual fundamentals of financial literacy,” Moyer said. “Part of it is conceptual learning, and the other part is geared toward practical application of the concepts that we’re learning.”

Her students presented what they have been learning about budgeting and investing.

Also at the meeting, the board accepted the resignation of cafeteria worker Jessica Moser.

The Eureka Springs school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the administration building.

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