In giving consideration to personnel matters, the NCOE school board on Wednesday, May 22, gave its approval to hire Mr. David Reavis as the new NCO Elementary principal for the 2019-2020 school year. NCO math teacher Mrs. Tiffany Reavis will move to the high school as the math teacher. Mr. Jimmy Foster will be the new Social Science teacher at the high school, moving from the NCO grade school principal position. The board also accepted the resignations of Kayla DeStefano as the high school social science teacher and Scott Riggs’ resignation as high school baseball coach. The school board hired Valissa Sutton as the part-time FACS teacher at the high school.
Due to Baccalaureate occurring on Wednesday, May 15, the Norris City-Omaha-Enfield School Board met for its regular May meeting on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Superintendent’s office. The April minutes and bills were approved at presented.
Reports were given by principals Carla Carter and Todd Haley. Haley congratulated this year’s graduating class of forty-three seniors for all of their accomplishments and awards. The class received an approximate total of $383,000 in scholarship money.
Mr. Vollman presented the NCO principal report in Mr. Foster’s absence. NCO congratulated its thirty-seven 8th grade graduates and Booth had 12 graduates. This year’s Kindergarten classes and the pre-k graduates were also congratulated.
The Jr. High State Track team was also recognized: the Boys 800 relay participants, Cord Tucker, Colby Prather, Jaden Simmons and Cain Weaver; the mile relay participants, Cord Tucker, Colby Prather, Jaden Simmons, and Joel Hortin; the Girls 400 relay team who placed 8th with Bree Vollman, Lydia Vinyard, Mack Terrell, Morgan Bryant; the Girls 800 relay who placed 7th, Bree Vollman, Lydia Vinyard, Mack Terrell, Morgan Bryant; the 100 Meter individual participant Bree Vollman and the 800 Meter individual, Ebony Jolly. Eight students who participated in the State History Fair were also recognized, with four students receiving a “Superior” rating.
The annual Booth Trust report was presented and approved by the Board. The letting of bids for bread/bakery, dairy, cafeteria supplies, and trash pickup were also given the green light. The updated school board policies went through a second reading and were approved as presented.
Mr. Vollman also gave a lengthy update to summer maintenance projects. Some notable items were the electrical upgrade project at the high school. He was very pleased with the progress that has already been made and is confident that the project will be completed in the estimated project time frame. Parking lot safety and changes continue to be under discussion at NCO, as Mr. Vollman presented a plan to alleviate some of the traffic congestion and to make the student drop-off and pick-up a safer and more fluid process. The high school exterior will also be getting a clean up as the brick and stone will be power washed. The new scoreboards and motorized American flag will be installed.
In other business, the board approved the Hazardous Traffic Resolution for IDOT and approved school lunch/breakfast contracts with WOVSED and the ROE.