QUITMAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LARRY FREEMAN, SUPERINTENDENT
6275 HEBER SPRINGS RD. W. / P.O. BOX 178
QUITMAN, AR. 72131
PHONE: 501-589-3156 / FAX: 501-589-3156
REGULAR CALLED SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
QUITMAN BOARD OF EDUCATION
REPORT TO THE PUBLIC
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010
I. TITLE I REPORT – Don Rowlett… Mr. Rowlett reported to the public
title funds and how they are being spent. Parent’s right to know, the
annual report card, parental involvement plan and how to precede parental
complaint. Our school receives federal funds for Title I, Part A programs.
Throughout the school year, we will be providing you with important
information about this law and your child’s education. The document lets
you know about your right to request information about the qualifications
of the classroom staff working with your child. The district has a detailed
report on the state department of education Web site (arkansased.org) to
review the districts annual report card. Both elementary and high school
met AYP for the 2009-2010 school year, as did the district. The Quitman
public schools are committed to open communication between school
staff and parents at the district’s Title I, Part A schools in order to reach
the goal of educating all students. We are aware that disagreements may
arise periodically. These disagreements need to be resolved in a timely
fashion. The following procedures have been developed to handle
complaints dealing with Title I, Part A programs, services, and staff
members. All Title I, Part A complaints are to be directed to the Federal
Mrs. Johnson called the meeting to order to report to the public at
6:15 p.m. absent were Mr. Pat McNair and Dr. Haley. Dr. Haley
arrived at 6:30 p.m.
II. ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PUBLIC
A. Larry Freeman…Mr. Freeman welcomed everyone to the annual report
to the public. He introduced the district Board members.
B. Technology – Mr. Chris Mikel… Mr. Mikel reported to the public that
the Quitman School District is compliant will all aspects of the Federal
Children’s Internet Protection Act. The district utilizes Derby Tech’s CIPA
filter to block and filter Internet access by protecting against access to visual
depictions or images that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to
minors. The districts Internet filter address the following: Pornography
filtering, anonymous proxy server detection, content filter blacklist,
authentication and customized filtering privileges. Network infrastructure is
currently being upgraded to support wireless network coverage for the entire
campus. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October. The
district has recently updated its website to a new design. In an effort to help
students with internet research, the district implemented the use of the Net
Trekker search platform. The Net Trekker is a custom educational search
engine designed specifically for K-12 schools. New computers are being
placed in the new high school building. Once the building is complete, all the
new classrooms will have new computer workstations, SMART interactive
white boards, and document cameras. The Junior High computer lab has been
upgraded with 26 new computer workstations. Five new Apple iBook
computers have been added to the high school business lab. Eight Apple iPads
have been purchased for use in the Elementary and High School Libraries.
The district will be evaluating their effectiveness and research expanded
deployment options for the 2011-2012 school year. Interactive Whiteboards
has continued being place to incorporate. In the last year, the district has
added interactive whiteboards to classrooms in the elementary and high
school. By the end of December all instructional classrooms will have
interactive whiteboards. Every elementary classroom will have an audio
enhancement system by the end of the 2010-2011 school year. High school
math and literacy classrooms will also be equipped with the systems. The
system amplify the teachers voice; enabling all students to hear.
C. Federal and Facilities – Mr. Don Rowlett…Mr. Rowlett reported to the
public on federal and facilities. The Quitman School District received federal
funds from Title 1- $162,819, Title IIA - $28,153 and Title VI REAP - $28,735
this year. The total amount of regular federal funds received this year is $219,707.
There was a decrease of $12,828 from the previous year. The district is designated
as a school wide program, which enables it to expend funds in grades K-12, as
needed, to supplement the instructional programs. The Quitman School District
uses federal funds to supplement the literacy and math programs by purchasing
educational material and supplies, technology equipment and supplies, and hiring
support staff. Title I funds are used to purchase supplemental reading counts
supplies, literacy lab materials, reading first books, technology equipment and
supplies, staff development activities above the required sixty hours, and
materials for students classified as homeless. Federal funds may only be used to
supplement the educational programs of the district, and may not be used for
items required by state standards or laws. The funds must also be included in the
Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (ACSIP) which must be
approved by the State Department of Education, federal funds division, before
funds are released to the district. The District also received federal stimulus funds
under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as
ARRA funds. These funds were distributed in three categories: Stabilization -
$73,518.94. Title - $24,684.18 and IDEA - $132,916.55. Facilities Mr. Rowlett
reported to the public that the new high school addition is almost complete, and is
scheduled for occupancy over the Thanksgiving break. This is a partnership
project with the state that began in 2006, and has had several revisions along the
way. The project will correct many of out deficiencies and accommodate student
growth projections for the next ten years. The project scope: $3,370,888 was
demolition of old main, nine high school classrooms, two special education
resource rooms, one band room, one high school principals office, and renovation
of six existing classrooms. The new facility will allow for beneficial changes in
the elementary school. The elementary principal’s office will be moved into the
existing high school principal’s office. Which will make for a more secure
entrance? The high school classrooms in the existing building will also be
converted into elementary classrooms, and support space. The District priorities
are to continue addressing the remaining priority 1 and 2 items on the district
detailed deficiency list, which has gotten a lot smaller in the last year. We have
given special attention to ADA concerns in all facilities. The District is following
the Master plan filed with the Department of academic facilities and
transportation, and must be revised on every even number year by February 1.
Plans may be amended on every odd numbered year, and we are currently
working on amendments for this cycle.
D. Gifted and Talented – Mrs. Elinor Thomas… Mrs. Thomas reported
to the public that sixty seven students in grades 3-12 are currently identified
and participating in gifted programming options, including one student who is
attending Arkansas School for Mathematics, science and the arts. The
programming option for this year include K-2 enrichment delivered in weekly
30 minute sessions to all students, additional resource room time for 2nd grade
talent pool, 3rd grade whole group bimonthly enrichment, 3-6 resource room
for identified students, 7-12 secondary course content differentiation,
acceleration, Pre AP Courses and AP Courses. Equitable access to the
program as compared to the demographics of the district is improving. Boys
continue to be under represented, especially at the high school level. This
group currently represents 33% of identified students up from 28% last year.
As part of the yearly program approval application process a survey of
stakeholders is conducted. Results of the survey yielded area of focus for the
2010-2011 year: Continue to seek ways to reach all stakeholders, especially
parents, Improve student awareness of course selection and college planning.
Improve the availability of challenging options for students. Our points of
interest are Students in grades 7-10 attended Project Day at ASMSA last year.
Jr. and St. High students participated in Service Saturdays; we hope to
continue this opportunity for students. One student was recognized as a
National Merit Semi-Finalist, Both Jr. and St. High Quiz Bowl Teams placed
at regional tournaments last year and qualified for a national invitational
tournament. One senior high student was and qualified for a national
invitational tournament. One senior high student was named to the regional
all-tournament team, and another was named to the state all-tournament team.
Both students competed in the all-star tournament. Elementary students
represented and Ancient Civilization Meet the Author Night to give parents
and the public a chance to view the books they authored and illustrated as the
final research project. Some students dressed in costume and many presented
“artifacts” they made as part of their study, this year, elementary plans to
make movies in the spring about Westward Expansion. We hope to have
many people attend our Movie Premier Night. GT is working with Chris
Mikel, Technology Coordinator to create a K-12 GT information tab a
differentiation conference was attended, and differentiation strategies will be
offered as professional development to teachers in K-12.
E. Curriculum – Mrs. Deanna Jackson… Mrs. Deanna Jackson
reported to the public that one of the primary goals of the state and federal
laws, i.e. No Child Left Behind and ACTAAP, is for our student to score at
the proficient and advanced levels on the state mandated Benchmark exams.
The scores indicate the present of students per grade that score either
proficient or advanced. The figures represent the percent of Quitman students
that scored in the four levels, below basic, basic, proficient, or advanced.
Quitman High School has made significant strides in its curriculum offerings
over the past few years. QHS has a partnership with ASU Heber Springs, and
Arkansas Early College High School to provide concurrent college courses to
students. As of the 08-09 school year QHS is also participating in the Bridge
to College program with ASU, which helps our seniors get enrolled in post
secondary education. QHS is offering 5 AP courses as well as pre AP courses
in each of the core academic areas. All Arkansas students have taken the
IOWA test in grades K-9. The IOWA and now the SAT 10 has been
augmented into the Benchmark fro grades 3-8. Grades 1, 2 and 9 take the SAT
10 as a separate exam. Both tests are Norm referenced and express scores in
numbers show Quitman students that tested at or are national 50th PR National
Percentile Rank. The advanced placement courses available at the Quitman
High School are AP English Literature, AP United States History, AP World
History, AP Calculus, and AP Physics. Articulated courses available at
Quitman High: Business courses, Agriculture courses. Concurrent credit
college courses: Psychology, Human Anatomy and Physiology (Med Pro),
Medical Terminology. Vocational Tracks available at QHS: Agriculture,
Business/Computers, Family and Consumer Science, Medical Professions,
and Building Trades.(See attached percentages and scores).
F. Elementary – Mrs. Mary Davis…The Quitman Elementary School
faculty and staff members consistently take great pride and show much
dedication in meeting the need of our students. They work to build Quitman
Elementary School into a positive force for children by supporting parents as
well as other staff members to create a team for each child. Three elementary
certified employees are currently adding an area of certification to their
license. New teachers and staff are Mrs. Theresa Hawk – 4th and 5th grade
language arts. Mr. Patrick Stacks – Elementary counselor and Mrs. Penny
Burroughs – Parent Center Coordinator. Our current enrollment continues to
increase and was 353 as of October 1st. We met AYP this past school year.
Through the use of the services at the Learning Institute teachers are able to
periodically assess students learning and address those areas not yet mastered
throughout the year. The Quitman after School Program has begun with a total
enrollment of 127 this year. There has been an increased interest in the
program after the successful initial year. Our original expectations of this
program were high, and under the direction of Mrs. Barger and Mrs. Jackson
those expectations have been greatly exceeded.
G. High School – Ms. Rhonda Bradford…Miss Bradford reported to
the public the high school has several new employees this year. These new
employees have worked hard and have fit right in to our system here at QHS.
Our new employees are: Caleb Clark- Physical Science and Athletics,
Stephany Brown – Chemistry and Biology, Ciara Adams – Special Education,
Paula Verser – English and Drama, Rachel Allosada – English. We are very
proud to have them join our team. Several of our staff is also working to add
additional certification area to their current licensure. Each of our employees
works tirelessly to provide a rigorous education to each of their students.
Quitman High School currently offers the 38 units required by the Arkansas
Department of Education. Four Workforce Education programs of study are
currently being offered on our campus. Students may also participate in the
Auto Collision and Cosmetology programs at the Conway Career Center.
Advanced Placement courses are being offered in each of the four core areas.
It is our goal to continue to strengthen our course offerings to meet the diverse
needs of all out students. All students scoring below proficient on the
benchmark and/or end of course exams are required by law to participate in a
remediation program. This requirement is being met using the Odyssey Ware
computer software. Student are utilizing the program and receiving teacher
instruction to acquire remediation in the areas of weakness identified in test
data. Students have access to the program from school from 7:00-7:50 a.m.
each morning. Students also have access to tutoring and remediation
instruction during the after school program. Quitman High School is fully
H. Closing – Mr. Larry Freeman… Our goals are to continue to
make Quitman School District a progressive school that is safe and secure for
all our students and staff while continuing our tradition of excellent academic
performance. We will continue to update our facilities and meet the growth
plan. Mr. Freeman thanked the community for attending tonight’s report to the
public. Mr. Freeman announced to the public we will move to the High
School Library to continue with its monthly meeting and welcomed the public
III. CALL TO ORDER… Dr. Haley called the meeting back in session.
IV. ROLL CALL…All members were present. Absent was Mr. Pat McNair.
V. REALIGN BOARD MEMBERS…Nomination was made by Dr. Haley
to elect Mrs. Susan Johnson as President. Mr. Bridges seconded the
motion. Motion carried 4-0. Nomination was made by Dr. Haley to elect
Mr. Bridges as Vice-President. Mrs. Davis seconded the motion. Motion
carried 4-0. Nomination was made by Mr. Bridges to elect Mrs. Sherry
Davis as Secretary. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-
0. Dr. Haley turned the floor over to Mrs. Susan Johnson.
VI. APPROVE MINUTES… Dr. Haley made a motion to approve the
minutes. Mrs. Davis seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
VII. APPROVE FINANCIAL REPORT… Dr. Haley made a motion to
approve the financial report. Mrs. Davis seconded the motion. Motion
VIII. PERSONNEL… Mr. Freeman stated to the Board there were no
personnel issues. No action was taken.
IX. OLD BUSINESS
A. Massey Ferguson Tractor Bids… Mr. Freeman reported to the Board he
received four bids on the Massey Ferguson tractor and the highest bid was
$2,000.00 and recommended the Board don’t except any bids and sell it
open market. Mr. Bridges made a motion not to accept the bids and sell it
open market. Dr. Haley seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
X. NEW BUSINESS
A. Student Transfer… Mr. Freeman recommended the Board accept Bryson
and Tyler Steely student transfer from the West Side School District to the
Quitman School District. Mr. Bridges made a motion to accept student
transfer Bryson and Tyler Steely. Mrs. Davis seconded the motion. Motion
B. Mr. Freeman stated to the Board that over the Thanksgiving Holiday the
High School will be moved in the new building. Mr. Freeman took bids on
cleaning the new building and recommended the Board accept Reynolds
Cleaning Service on extended contract at $75.00 a night. Dr. Haley made a
motion to accept Reynolds Cleaning Service on extended contract at
$75.00 a night. Mr. Bridges seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
A. Board In-Service – Jack Trumper Nov. 22… Mr. Freeman informed the
Board of the In- Service with Mr. Jack Trumper on November 22, 2010 in
the cafeteria. Mt. Vernon/Enola Board members would like to join the in-
B. Thanksgiving Lunch – Nov. 19, 2010… Mr. Freeman invited the Board to
the Thanksgiving lunch on November 19, 2010.
C. Mr. Freeman informed the Board that Centennial Bank would like to help
with the open house of the new High School Building with a cook-out.
Mr. Freeman will inform the Board of a date schedule for the Open House
of the new High School. No action was taken.
D. Mr. Freeman informed the Board that he and Mrs. Johnson met with Dr.
Stien on our plans for future plans for the district due to failed milage. No
action was taken. Information only.
XII. ADJOURN… Dr. Haley made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Bridges
seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
Susan Johnson, President Date
Sherry Davis, Secretary Date