Members of the Arkadelphia Board of Education were given an update regarding the construction of the new Goza Middle School during their November meeting.

Members of the Arkadelphia Board of Education were given an update regarding the construction of the new Goza Middle School during their November meeting.
Dr. Donnie Whitten, superintendent of the Arkadelphia Public School District, reported that the necessary equipment needed to begin construction is present at the scene and work has started.
The new Goza Middle School will be located adjacent to Arkadelphia High School. A groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place soon. The date for the ceremony will be announced later.
Other items addressed:
• Dr. Jeanette Turner, director of curriculum and instruction for APSD, reported that the
district was granted approval by the Arkansas Department of Education for five Alternate Method of Instruction (AMI) days for this school year.
Turner shared this is a pilot program and plans are in place for alternatives in case the superintendent decides to close a school in the event of emergencies such as contagious disease outbreaks, turbulent weather or utility outages.
• The board approved Christmas bonuses in the amount of $150 for contracted staff.
• A request by Whitten to purchase a new dishwasher in the amount of $28,496.35 for the kitchen at Arkadelphia High School.
• It was also unanimously decided during the meeting to forgo both the regular scheduled December board and agenda meetings.