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Mena School Board Accepts Weston’s Retirement Recommendation

The Mena School Board met Tuesday, March 17, and in the Superintendent’s Benny Weston’s report, he presented a Mitigation Report to the Board per guidance and direction of the Governor, DESE, and CDC.

Board members approved Weston’s recommendation to renew the Arkansas School Boards Association Model Policy Service Contract effective the first day of February, 2020 and terminating on the last day of January, 2022, in the amount of $2,850.00.

Board members unanimously approved the School Choice Capacity Resolution for school choice applicants for the 2020-2021 school-year under the provisions of policy 4.5 – School Choice and applicable Arkansas Law.

Following a presentation by Ray Bearrdsley of First Security Beadsley, board members approved a motion to submit an “Application for a Permit to Issue Bonds”, with related documents, for $14,830,000 in Refunding Boards to the State Department of Education and to employ First Security Beardsley as Fiscal Agent, and to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to accept or reject the best bid submitted in connection with the publics sale of the proposed bonds in consultation with the fiscal agent. Susan Rowell seconded the motion and motion carried unanimously.

The board also approved a motion to submit an “Application for a Permit to Issue Bonds”, with related documents, for $5,650,000 in Refunding Bonds to the State Department of Education and to employ First Security Beardsley as Fiscal Agent, and to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to accept or reject the best bid submitted in connection with the public sale of the proposed bonds in consultation with the fiscal agent. Edd Puckett seconded the motion and motion carried unanimously. The previous two items would only occur as the market improves and an agreement is reached between the Superintendent and the fiscal agent.

Kyle Cannon read and made the following motion: To employ First Security Beardsley as Financial Advisor for a period of three (3) years effecitve as of the date of adoption. Clint Montgomery seconded the motion and motion carried unanimously.

Edd Puckett made a motion to approve financial reports. Kyle Cannon seconded the motion and motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Weston recommended the resignation of Geraldine Krudwig – Secondary English, Mena High School. Kyle Cannon made a motion to approve Mr. Weston’s retirement recommendation. Susan Rowell seconded the motion and motion carried unanimously.

With no further business, Edd Puckett moved for adjournment, Kyle Cannon seconded and meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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