Last January the Booneville School Board gave superintendent John Parrish a three-year contract. Last week they tabled a discussion about extending the contract.
After a 30-minute executive session during which the only agenda item was reportedly an evaluation of Parrish, Andy Napier made the motion to table action on an evaluation of Parrish. Mike Farris seconded the motion. There was no opposition.
Though Farris cast the only dissenting vote, there was opposition to Parrish being given a three-year contract last January when the contract was extended through the 2019-2020 school year by the exact same board.
According to the school district website, Parrish’s contract stipulates a salary of $102,007.50 for the 2017-2018 school year.
“So we’re going to table that until next month,” board president Janie Woolley said, adding she hoped to be in better health at that time.
The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is at 6 p.m., Feb. 13.
In other matters during the meeting the board approved a three-year extension of the school’s professional services contract with First Security Beardsley Public Finance.
The board also discussed the possibility of installing a covering for the band section at Bearcat Stadium.
However, Parrish said he has learned doing so would create an obstructed view for a portion of the main seating area when play is in the western end of the stadium and he, therefore, would not be for such an idea.
An alternative, he said, would be to remove the fencing just west of the band’s current area and installing both new bleachers and a covering that could be slanted to face the field.
That would have two benefits, Parrish said, in that rainfall from the roof could be funneled to the ditch where it will need to go and the existing band stand could be used as a student section.
Parrish noted that students typically stand in the front rows on the western edge of main seating area which generates requests of himself and principal Trent Goff to have the students sit down and not cheer, to which the administrators generally request the students be respectful toward other fans.
The drawback to that, the superintendent said, is stretching the attendees out from the lawn chair seating area through then three sets of bleachers could make the stadium appear to be thinly populated.