MH School Board selects month for 2018 election

The Mountain Home School Board, by a vote of 4 to 2 approved the school board election date for the 2018 school year to be held on May 22nd.Erric Totty has this report.


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The Arkansas legislature passed Act 910 this year moving the annual September school election to either coincide with the May preferential primary or the November general election beginning in 2018.

Superintendent of Mountain Home Public Schools Dr. Jake Long told the board a few other school districts in the area were leaning toward May, however he reminded them it was each district's own decision. Pros and cons of holding the election in both May and November were briefly discussed. Board President Neal Pendergrass says it's unclear whether the board will have to choose a month each election year.

Other items passed in last night's meeting include a recommendation to support a start date waiver for the school year. The earliest school can begin in 2018 is August 20th. Supporting the start date waiver means there could be some flexibility with that date if the waiver request, submitted at the state level, is approved.

The board approved new projectors to be installed in every classroom across the district. The budgeted cost is estimated to be $153,510 plus tax and will be installed by the Technology Department.

The board also approved funding for band instrument repairs and purchases and purchasing a 2013 work truck for the maintenance department.

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