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No Spring Break for Clinton, School Board decides

The Clinton School District will not have a Spring Break this year, the School Board decided at its meeting Monday.

The district has missed 13 days due to icy weather this school year. Five snow days were built in to the schedule, leaving eight days to make up. The School Board members decided to hold school all five Spring Break vacation days and ask for a waiver from the state Department of Education for the other three days.

Board members noted that an advantage to using Spring Break instead of tacking on days to the end of the school year is that the time could be used to get ready for year-end testing.

The 2014 graduation date also will be pushed back one week, the board decided.

It was reported in a construction update on the elementary school that crews had been able to work only six days in the past month on the outside of the building because of the weather. The outside work should be finished in early May. About $95,000 in furniture has been ordered for the building. Superintendent Scott Jones said he was hoping to start moving items into the building by mid-May.

The board approved spending $174,000 for asphalt paving. Cox asphalt submitted the low bid, which was $10.25 per square yard.

Also at the meeting, the board approved paying $22,649 in workers compensation insurance. That amount was down from a year ago when the figure was $33,898. The amount is based on the number and size of workers comp claims from the previous years.

The board also approved buying two new buses at a cost of $83,600 each from Central bus company. The buses are more energy efficient than current ones and a grant from the state will pay $20,000 toward each of them because of that, Jones told the board.

Jones also asked the board if they would like Clinton schools to partner with the Adult Education Center that covers Van Buren and Searcy counties. The center currently has 99 students and a $159,000 budget. Jones said it would not cost Clinton anything. He said center officials are concerned that they won’t be able to stay with the Searcy County vo-tech program and need to partner with Clinton.

“I want to help out if we can,” Jones said.

The board unanimously agreed.

Also Monday night, the board voted unanimously to rehire all its administrators; accepted resignations from both cheerleader coaches; and hired a bus driver.

The Clinton School Board meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Junior High School Library. The meetings are open to the public.

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