MHSB hears update concerning shutdown; meals to continue

The Mountain Home School Board heard updates from superintendent Dr. Jake Long concerning the ongoing school shutdown mandated by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at its regular March meeting Thursday. Hutchinson announced Thursday afternoon all schools in the state will remain closed through April 17.

Long discussed with the board how well providing meals to students in need has gone. He says they have been feeding about 1,000 students daily, which will continue Friday. He also says they will have food during the normal spring break next week.

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Long says parents whose financial situation has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic need to fill out paperwork for free or reduced lunches.

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The Mountain Home superintendent complimented the board for its work in recent years in obtaining Chromebooks for every student in grades three through 12, which has made this current situation much easier to handle.

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Long says things have gone well so far during the shutdown, but says there are two words which everyone needs to keep in mind as this unprecedented time continues.

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In other board matters, Long says the district was given good news concerning the annual audit. He says the audit by the Legislative Audit Committee was clean with no findings.

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The board also voted to keep its banking contract with Farmer and Merchants Bank. The district sent letters to nine local banks asking for proposals for items such as current rates, services provided, etc., with seven submitting proposals for consideration. The school’s contract has been with Farmers and Merchants Bank for the past three years.

Some personnel items were voted on, as well, following an executive session. You can view the complete list here.

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