The monthly meeting of the Fountain Lake School District Board of Education covered numerous topics, including land purchase, Cobra Pride awards, financials and updates from principals and representatives from ALE.
Dr. Michael Murphy, superintendent, presented a topographical map of property adjacent to the campus and his recommendation to purchase for future expansion and soil management. The proposed 19.5 acres border the football field’s seating and press box. Murphy delineated practical and various management of the property including, but not limited to, future athletic fields for baseball. He further detailed possible removal of soil to be used at another location, which the district already possesses in possible elementary school expansion.
Fountain Lake School District is growing rapidly and Murphy’s recommendation to purchase bordering land, he said, is just the first step in a process to analyze the district’s future expansion. “This is just the first step to secure the property that will set the stage for our school’s future,” said Murphy. The Board of Education approved the purchase of 19.5 acres at $275,000 to be used from the building fund.
Principals’ reports were presented, including high rates of attendance at the elementary level. Middle school details included information on the governor’s app challenge and student leaders of the week and month. Charter high school information included six students scoring 30-plus in the ACT club and 15 seniors already accepted by colleges.
Facilities update included the recent test of the Garland County office of emergency management. The school’s Rave Panic Button test was successful. Elementary gym and weight room heaters are not functioning properly, are inefficient and will be replaced.
Cobra Pride Awards as follows:
Eli Tillery, for his Arkansas State Fair reserve supreme champion commercial female cow and Sam Tillery for his Arkansas State Fair reserve grand champion market steer. Karlie Carver was honored with three state fair champions, including champion junior commercial ewe showmanship, champion junior market lamb showmanship and grand champion division two market lamb.
Choir members honored were Breann Williams, Kristen Brown, Madison Thompson, Aahna Combs, Alvin Gregory, Isabel Butler, Hank Binns, Johnathan Edwards, Sammie Burkes, Kenlee Motley, Destiny Krueger, Jacob Holland, Grayson Woodard, Trenton Walker, Zach Helfrich, Angela Coriaty and Breanna Neighbors. Several choir members were selected by solo audition for the all-region honors choirs, mixed choir, women’s chorus and men’s chorus. Selected students will perform Nov. 11 at Lake Hamilton High School.
Special Olympics winners were also recognized, including Luz Garcia for first place bowling in the ramp. Additional special Olympics bowling honors were earned by Elizabeth Welch, Kori Wetherington, Ben Miller, Erica Osborn, Joel Gold, Issac Lacaze, Chris Crain and Trinady Sloan.
Cobra Pride honors were given to Cobra Lady Volleyball players in honor of their 4A state honors, including Olivia Cox and Elizabeth Bairett, 4A All State and All Conference. Additional 4A volleyball honors were earned by Molly Breshears, Lindsey Blees and Kaitlyn Bledsoe.
Tina Moore was named 4A west coach of the year.
“I am so very proud of the Fountain Lake Lady Cobras. They are the 2017 combined classified 3A-4A conference champions,” said Marc Davis, athletic director.
Alternative Learning Education (ALE) representatives, Ron McGuire, principal and Mary Smith, teacher, were on hand to offer updates on the Synergy Campus. The campus partners Jessieville and Fountain Lake schools. The Stepup and Dojo systems for student alternative learning systems were reviewed.
The BOE passed the resolution as required by the state, to hold the election of school board members beginning next year to be scheduled for May 22.