The Booneville School board last week selected the preferential primary as the date for school board elections beginning in 2018.

Traditionally held the third Tuesday in September, through a law enacted earlier this year the elections must be held either in conjunction with the preferential primary in May or the General Election in November.

There are no party attachments to any candidates running and candidates will be listed on both party ballots, Booneville School Superintendent John Parrish said.

Because the primary date is the third Tuesday in May candidates sitting board members whose terms were due to expire in September will have their current terms truncated from by about four months, Parrish said.

In Booneville Mike Farris’ and board president Janie Woolley’s terms are expiring. In Magazine Robert Curtis’ term will be expiring.

Picking up a tabled matter from its August meeting, the Booneville School Board last week approved payment of $9 per hour to a child of a school employee for service provided.

“We agreed to pay off of a time sheet,” said Parrish.

A request for payment of $1140 had been made in August for a couple of cheerleaders who went through a senior high cheer camp for the purpose of teaching the junior high cheerleaders.

“This would be cheaper than the junior high cheerleaders going to a cheer camp, but it was one of our employee’s (family members),” Parrish said during the August meeting.

The board also approved the purchase of 20 laptop computers for Project Lead the Way at the junior high school. Project Lead the Way is an initiative to fill in STEM activities between elementary school Lego robotics and high school robotics.

Parrish said a grant application has been forwarded that may cover some of the costs for the computers.

The board also agreed to advertise for bids to put new turf in the Kenneth Rippy Fieldhouse.

“For budgeting purposes we got a bid for $39,979,” Parrish said. “It’s 17 years old and it’s gotten to where it is almost like being on concrete.

The board acknowledged there might be a concern about athletic spending but, Parrish said, “the board weighed a kid getting hurt versus a little bit of a PR (problem). I think we did the right thing.

Parrish said the cost could have been increased by $12,000 by adding yard stripes and a Bearcat logo but the board did not wish to do so.

The October board meeting has also been rescheduled for Oct. 17 rather than the second Tuesday of the month, Oct. 10.