Board of Education Meeting Recap

The Bluford USD #318 Board of Education held the regular April meeting on Thursday April 21.  The district approved the Consolidated District Plan, which is a document that helps ensure coordination between all of the federal grants received by the district.  Additionally, the board acted to increase pay for athletic officials from $60 to $75.

In personnel matters, the Board approved the resignation of junior high special education teacher, Leslie Prior.  Mrs. Prior has accepted a teaching position at Spring Garden next school year and we wish her the best.  Also, the Board accepted the resignation of Del Wilkins as a junior high assistant softball coach.  Additionally, the Board renewed the contract of the grade school principal, Nicole Henson.

The Board acted to employ Mrs. Michelle Marlow.  The district welcomes her return as she will be teaching high school math courses next school year.  Also, Mr. Jamey Hodges, who has spent this school year as the K-12 Dean of Students, was employed as the high school principal for next school year.

Finally, the following elementary teachers will be shifting grade levels next year.  Mrs. Marci Sherwin will change from second grade to third grade.  Mrs. Arianna Shelton will change from second grade to third grade.  Also, Mrs. Manda Sellers will change from first grade to fifth grade.  So, the K-5 classroom teaching staff for next year is as follows:

Kindergarten- Kamla Hails & Stacey Jones  

First Grade- Rebecca Cramer & Amanda Strohschein 

Second Grade-  Ariana Shelton & Ambur Withrow

Third Grade- Samantha Monroe & Marci Sherwin

Fourth Grade- Kayla Wright

Fifth Grade- Manda Sellers

The district also continues to make progress on various construction projects that are ongoing.  The regrading of the hill on the east side of the high school is complete and is ready to be seeded as soon as it is dry enough.  The installation of the artificial turf on the baseball and softball fields is complete.  All that remains is to install sod around the transition to the outfields and clean up the parking lot.  Additionally, a new fence is being installed around the baseball field.  The company working on the track and field complex recently paid for and performed a concrete stabilization of the rock sub base.  Since the weather has been so wet, this process allowed them to begin the installation of the concrete curbs, which is currently underway.  Additionally, the high jump area on the east side of the infield had to be torn out and repoured as the grade was originally installed incorrectly.  Hopefully, we will have some dry weather in the near future so all of these projects can be completed. 

The Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the district board office located on the south side of the school adjacent to the playground.