Meeting: Otwell Miller Academy

The Otwell Miller Academy School Board met Monday and:

• Reorganized for the upcoming school year. Jordan Hill will be president, Lou Fort will be vice president, Jenny Byrd will be secretary and Jeanette Walls will be treasurer.

• Heard that the lunch program is nearly set up to include free and reduced lunch through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. All that’s left is final approval from the government. Director Rich Padgett said he’s hoping the program, which will include breakfast, will be available by the first day of school, but if not it will be available sometime in the first few months of the school year.

• Tabled a decision on the IREAD policy. Currently, the policy says that third-graders who do not pass the standardized test cannot move on to fourth grade. The board is considering amending that to allow for a waiver system that would allow students who don’t pass to move to the next grade. The system would be similar to what high schools use for graduating seniors who do not meet all the requirements.

• Approved the school’s wellness policy.

• Approved a charge policy for the cafeteria which states how far student accounts can go into the negative. Students will be allowed to charge 10 meals to their accounts before they are cut off.

• Approved a bad debt policy for the school.

• Discussed using Charter School Capital as a line of credit option for the school in case of big purchases or building projects.

• Set $2,500 for the purpose of capitalization. The measure is an accounting action.

• Discussed the projected 2019-20 budget.

• Approved board meeting dates for the 2019-20 school year. Board meetings will be held on the third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the school, 9958 County Road 150 North, Otwell.

• Scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, July 29, to discuss the director’s contract in executive session, immediately followed by a public session to discuss the IREAD policy.

• Discussed options for the school’s website.

• Approved Padgett to hire cafeteria and cleaning staff and substitute teachers as needed, pending background checks and proper credentials.

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