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NSB moves school elections to May

By Staff, 10/25/17 10:02 AM

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ROSSTON – Nevada’s School Board, in its October meeting Tuesday night, voted to move the annual school elections to May for the foreseeable future.

This was done after the Arkansas Legislature voted to require school elections be held either during the primary or general elections. Nevada Superintendent Rick McAfee told the board the decision had to be made by January.

He pointed out the regular elections are held every two years, while school elections are held annually, which poses a bit of a problem. Next year, he reminded the panel, there will be two seats coming open, one a four-year term and the other a five-year position. McAfee said there won’t be as big a turnout for the primary election as there is during the general election, but this won’t matter for the school election if, as in the past, candidates are unopposed.

He told the board the school’s Future Farmers of America students are on their way to Indianapolis for the National Convention, where there will be a lot of entertainment to go along with the workshops the students will be attending.

The Blue-Grey game was held recently, he said, and fans enjoyed the new seating. He said the school is instituting “Blue Jay Bucks” for basketball games to keep traffic at the concession stand moving smoothly. Fans will purchase the “Blue Jay Bucks”, which are good for one game only, at one location and spend them at the concession stand. The bucks not spent can be redeemed at the end of the games. Those thinking they can hold on to their bucks from one game to the next will be disappointed as, McAfee said, the bucks will change from game to game.

On the financial side, he said everything is within the budget and the district will get the bulk of its annual tax collections in November. He added the federal budgets also look good. McAfee told the board the district had an unexpected expense and had to replace science textbooks for grades K-8 at a cost of $38,000, adding it will cost $16,000 next year to replace the science books for high school.

The board approved allowing McAfee to advertise for a Kindergarten teacher to start in January. He said there aren’t as many job opportunities for December graduates and there shouldn’t be a problem finding a Kindergarten teacher.

As the meeting ended, he reminded the board the Nevada County Health Unit will be holding a flu clinic on Oct. 31, with the students, faculty and staff getting vaccinated that morning and a mini-mass clinic will be held in the afternoon for the general public.

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