The musical chair pattern underway at the Booneville School District since February spread last week to the Booneville School Board.
In its first meeting since the May primaries, the board welcomed Dustin Garrett as a new member. Garrett ran unopposed for the seat previously held by Mike Farris.
Coinciding with each board election is a new election of officers and the board elected Eric Jones as its president on a motion by Andy Napier.
Jones succeeds Janie Woolley, who like Garret,t ran unopposed in May.
Napier was then elected vice president and Todd Tatum was elected to the role of secretary.
The only administrator present when the meeting began was junior high principal Josh Walker, the only one who will not, or has not been in a new position since the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
Interim superintendent Scotty Pierce said during the meeting that newly appointed superintendent Trent Goff was attending a class required for his new position.
Pierce, who noted during the financial report that the difference in the district’s balances from when he assumed double duty through last week was about $28,000, will be returning to the curriculum coordinator post he held before the district and John Parrish parted ways in February.
Pierce said new high school principal Amy Goers was still in the process of moving to the city and new elementary school principal Jyme Beth Diffee was also unavailable.
New ALE principal Barbette Smithson arrived shortly after the meeting began.
In other matters Tuesday the board approved the purchase of 105 new computers for the elementary school. The computers will be used by both students and teachers. Another purchase of seven Chrome book carts, also for the elementary school, was also approved. Combined, the expenditures were a little more than $117,500.
Pierce also informed the board the district has received official notification it was again rejected for a school-base health grant.
Asked by Tatum if everything is still in place for the district to have telemedicine services starting in August through Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Pierce said yes.