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Dierks schools OK staff shakeup

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DIERKS – School board members approved a slate of staff changes Tuesday during their regular monthly meeting, held in the high school library.
Following an executive session which lasted 31 minutes, it was decided that performing as an assistant football coach will be added to Stephen Sprick’s duties for the upcoming year. Approval was also given to extend Holly Cothren’s contract as superintendent for another year as well as give her a $2,500 non-reoccurring bonus.
It was further reported that the school will begin advertising for a full time tech coordinator. Summer school employees were approved as well as the hiring of summer help to receive minimum wage. Frankie Stamps has been approved as a substitute teacher for the upcoming year.
In other business, a recommendation from the Child Nutrition Director to raise school lunches five cents a day, from $1.75 to $1.80, was also approved, along with discussion of possible improvements at the school.
An electric sign may be the newest addition to the Dierks campus in the following year, pending approval from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. The sign will be multi-colored and display various messages, serving both the elementary and the high school. First State Bank has agreed to donate $13,214 to aid the purchase of the sign, according to officials, with the remainder of the $16,900 total bill due from the school.
Other details covered during the meeting included a transfer request for seven students from the De Queen School District to the Dierks School District, which was approved as well a transfer request for one student from the Dierks School District to the Kirby School District.
The school will move to K and K insurance this year for student accident coverage, which includes athletics within the plan. Lawrence Termite and Pest Control has been approved to exterminate pests for the school.
The Triumph Learning Common Core Performance Coach workbook was approved for adoption in the English language arts curriculum for the 2016 school year as well as a new seventh grade world geography book, one year online book subscription for seventh and eighth grade health, eighth grade social studies book and eighth grade Arkansas history book.

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