Ramey presents report on student services to Pea Ridge School Board

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Ramey presented the Pea Ridge School Board with the Student Services Report at the school board meeting on November 8.

The monthly report covered food service, a survey of caretaking and maintenance divisions as well as building maintenance, according to the report presented by Ramey.

Food service

The foodservice division started October with a balance of $ 180.81 but ended the month with a closing balance of $ 234,201, according to the district’s monthly financial statements. Ramey credited Foodservice Manager Julie Ferguson for ensuring the division’s needs are met.

“We appreciate the work of Ms. (Julie) Ferguson in overseeing not only our food service and the product we provide to our students, but also the financial aspect of the food service and our keeping in good standing,” said Ramey.

A few challenges have arisen during the month, such as price increases along with shipping costs as well as supply issues the rest of the country is experiencing, Ramey said.

The district still offers free meals until the end of the school year, but it is always careful about spending and trying to do a good job on the tax front, Ramey said.

Custody / Maintenance Division Investigation

The Pea Ridge School District conducted a satisfaction survey on the quality of child care services and maintenance divisions.

“We want to make sure we’re providing the right kind of environment, an environment for students and staff to learn,” said Ramey.

The district plans to do this three times during the school year, Ramey said. Daily cleanliness of classrooms and work areas had an overall rating of 2.84% out of 4%, according to the Nov. 8 School Services report.

Employees in the Pea Ridge District are generally satisfied with the cleanliness of their buildings, giving the daycare a 4.10% out of 5% rating, the report said. Cleanliness in specific areas was rated 3.72% out of 5%, the report said.

Staff are generally satisfied with the repairs carried out on time, the report said. District employees gave the daycare a 4.48% out of 5% rating for repairs, the report said.

Vice-chairwoman Jenny Wood asked if the investigation was entirely related to custody, to which Ramey said it was.

The last part of the report was on the roofing projects, Ramey said. The district had some issues with leaking roofs at middle, high and high schools, Ramey said.

Steerman Roofing and Patching and Exterior Solutions Group (ESG) is on hand to handle the issues, Ramey said.

“I think a leak at Junior High that we picked up from point A and moved to point B so we have to fix it again,” said Ramey. “The hardest part is you don’t know it until it rains and you can’t go up there and fix it while it’s raining, so we have to wait for it to dry, then fix it. “

Wood asked Ramey if the neighborhood was going to have the roof redone when the students were not on campus. Superintendent Keith Martin said they completed the middle school roof project the previous month.

Martin said there was a 40-day deadline to complete it. The Junior High will take approximately 70 days to complete. Construction cannot be done while the students are on campus, Martin said.

“You can’t have class when you punch a hot iron in a building,” Martin said. “You will hear this hammer drill in every classroom.”

Currently Steerman Roofing is keeping the roof fixed, but by next year the junior high school will have a new roof, Martin said.

The Pea Ridge School Board also heard and voted on the following:

• Approved the adoption of the consent agenda, the financial report and the approval of the minutes of the board of directors;

• Heard the student and staff recognitions presented by High School Principal Charley Clark and the activity / athletics update by Athletic Director Tony Travis;

• Administration policy 2.0;

• Curriculum and Education Policy 5.0;

• Policy 6.0 on School, Home and Community Relations;

• Commercial and financial policy 7.0;

• Staff / Student Services Policy 3.0;

• Accept the resignations of Matthew Campbell, middle school math teacher, Hannah Black, kindergarten to grade 3 virtual teacher, and district babysitter Alexandria Keene;

• Approve the hiring of Forrest Roth, middle school reset room, and bus drivers Donald Garner and Johnathan Farler-Hoyt; and

• Approve transfers from the District FTA Coordinator Heath Neal and the Junior High School Aide and Interventionist Kateylyn Woolard.