In addition to the Arkadelphia School District’s construction projects update being heard, the Board of Education also discussed money issues during the Tuesday meeting.

In addition to the Arkadelphia School District’s construction projects update being heard, the Board of Education also discussed money issues during the Tuesday meeting.
For starters, Superintendent Dr. Donnie Whitten revealed that the district is ending the month of July with $3.9 million in the bank.
This exceeds the amount at this time last year, which was $3.1 million.
“In total with our construction money, we have $13.3 million in the bank. So we are using some of that as we move forward in the process of paying off tech fees, engineering fees, etc.”
Whitten further shared that the money would be there when the time comes to make payments to Nabholz Construction.
The board next moved on to the school election update. During the last meeting, the board approved a resolution that the election will be conducted with early and absentee voting. This is due to the fact that three board races are not being contested.
The positions that face no challenge include Zones 1, 2 and 3. They are currently filled by Casey Motl, Vice President Dr. Kenneth G. Harris Jr. and Billy Groom, respectively. The election will occur on Sept. 20. Early voting will begin a week prior, on Sept. 13.
After election talks concluded, Board President Dr. Jeff Root moved topics to the approval of extra duty pay. Whitten stated that it is required, per audits, that the board approve any of this extra pay for district employees during the previous school year.
Business Manager Tammy Barger approached the board to address the requirement. There were two reports, one for classified and one for certified. The former’s total amount was $138,900 while certified’s was $158,297. The issue, a routine one, was reviewed by the board and approved.
A salary change report was brought up next.
“We are also required to document that we have seen the salary increase report each year,” said Whitten. “What this relates to is any person with a five percent increase in their salary, we have to make sure that is reported to the board and to our financial records.”
Reasons for the need for discussion includes the aforementioned extra pay and the event that a teacher earned a Master’s degree.
Barger and Whitten also confirmed that the impending salary increase does not qualify in these matters. The reasoning for this is because the increase will be for everyone on staff.
The report was accepted.
Lastly, the board is required to do six years of training, some of which can be done through the state and conferences or locally. The Arkansas School Boards Association is also offering two trainings Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The first will be conducted by ASBA Executive Director Dr. Tony Prothro and the second by Staff Attorney Kristen Garner.
Whitten also revealed that two classified resignations were accepted.