Two schools under construction in the Conway School District are on schedule and under budget, according to Assistant Superintendent Carroll Bishop.
At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Board of Education, an exchange of land was approved by the Board in which the City of Conway would pay $4,320 for .336 acres of property required to relocate Donnell Ridge Road.
The property is at the northwest corner of the land surrounding Carolyn Lewis Elementary, which will open in the fall.
Bishop said that the small piece of land is unusable for the district, and road work being done by the city will ultimately enhance the elementary school.
A memo to Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry from Ronnie Hall, city engineer, contained in the Board agenda shows a cost summary of street improvements by the city needed to accommodate the traffic to the new elementary school.
-Right of way acquisition for Old Military Road to McNutt Road realignment; $222,170.
-Earthwork and drainage for Old Military Road to McNutt Road realignment; $510,000.
-Old Military Road Nutter Chapel Road Improvement Project 1, which is Old Military Road from McNutt Road to Nutter Chapel Road; $2,100,000.
-Old Military Road Nutter Chapel Road Improvement Project 2, which is Nutter Chapel Road and Old Military Road from Nutter Chapel to the new school; $1,555,000.
Hall noted that all projects should be completed or near completion by Sept. 1.
Board member Adam Lamey asked Bishop if he expected the roads around Carolyn Lewis Elementary to be completed by school’s start. Bishop answered that he “can’t control the roads,” but expects roads to be completed by the time students arrive.
“The city will spend a lot of money on those roads that will benefit the school and the community,” said Bishop. “This is the beginning of some other projects as well, such as a pass to the interstate.”
Of the progress at Conway High School-West’s new building, Bishop said that the roof is in tact, sheet rock is being hung, painting has begun, and lighting work has been started.
Project managers still expect that building to be open for students in the fall.
The board accepted the following resignations in its executive session:
Lindsay Ost, teacher at Florence Mattison Elementary; Nick Stroman, director of the Conway Area Career Center, retiring; D’Anne Easton, media specialist at Jim Stone Elementary, retiring; Deborah Lambert, teacher at Julia Lee Moore Elementary, retiring; David Langston, choir at Bob Courtway Middle School, retiring; Bobbye Gurley, teacher of special education at Florence Mattison Elementary, retiring; Jennifer Bell, teacher at Sallie Cone Elementary; Kathy Tilson, Sallie Cone Elementary assistant principal, retiring; Diane Langford, Simon Intermediate teacher, retiring; Sharon Baxley, teacher at Simon Intermediate, retiring; Madelyne Bass, teacher at Simon Intermediate; Martha Bumpers, teacher at Ruth Doyle Intermediate, retiring; Beverly Bowles, teacher at Ruth Doyle Intermediate, retiring; Brenda Hines, Conway High School-East special ed. teacher; Susan Heily, Conway High School-East teacher, retiring; Christy Hendrix, teacher at Sallie Cone Elementary; Linda Crawford, special ed. paraprofessional at Julia Lee Moore Elementary, retiring; Ann Faith, food service, retiring; Billy White, bus driver, retiring; Susan Strack, bus driver; Kerwin Rainey, bus driver; Randy Lachney, bus driver; Paul Gill, bus driver, retiring; Denise Bradley, teacher at Carl Stuart Middle School, retiring; Carrol Polk, teacher at Carl Stuart Middle School, retiring; Diana Anthony, teacher at Marguerite Vann Elementary, retiring; Gloria Ferguson, teacher at Marguerite Vann Elementary, retiring; Mona Lea, teacher at Marguerite Vann Elementary, retiring; Diana Baldwin, teacher at Conway High School-West, retiring; Geary Bradke, teacher at Conway High School-West, retiring; Todd Dooley, teacher at Conway High School-West; Nancy Penny, teacher at Conway High School-West, retiring; Kathy Woodcock, teacher at Career Center, retiring; Kathryn Gardner, secretary at Conway High School-West, retiring; Hazel Sherrill, maintenance, retiring; Paul Gill, maintenance, retiring; Berlon Dillard, maintenance, retiring; Renee Hatcher, media specialist at Woodrow Cummins Elementary.
The board approved the following election: Curtis N. Duncan, district network technician.
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