PEA RIDGE – Assistant Superintendent Kevin Ramey presented the Pea Ridge School Board with the Student Services Report on November 8 at the board meeting.
The monthly report covered food service and a survey of custody and maintenance divisions, as well as building maintenance.
Ramey credited Foodservice Manager Julie Ferguson for ensuring the division’s needs are met.
“We appreciate the work of Ms. (Julie) Ferguson in overseeing not only our food service and the product we provide to our students, but also the financial aspect of the food service and our keeping in good standing,” said Ramey.
A few challenges have arisen during the month, such as price increases along with shipping charges as well as supply issues that the rest of the country is experiencing, Ramey said.
The district still offers free meals until the end of the school year, but it is still careful about spending and trying to do a good job fiscally, Ramey said.
Custody / Maintenance Division Investigation
The Pea Ridge School District conducted a satisfaction survey on the quality of child care services and maintenance divisions.
“We want to make sure that we are providing the right kind of environment, an environment that is conducive to learning for students and staff,” said Ramey.
The district plans to do this three times during the school year, Ramey said. Daily cleanliness of classrooms and work areas had an overall rating of 2.84% out of 4%, according to the Nov. 8 School Services report.
District employees are generally satisfied with the cleanliness of their buildings, giving the security service a score of 4.1% out of 5%, the report said. Cleanliness in specific areas received a rating of 3.72% out of 5%, the report said.
Staff are generally satisfied with the repairs carried out on time, the report said. District employees gave the daycare a 4.48% out of 5% rating for repairs, the report said.
Vice-chairwoman Jenny Wood asked if the investigation was entirely related to custody, and Ramey said yes.
The last part of the report was on the roofing projects, Ramey said. The district had some issues with leaking roofs at middle, high and middle schools, Ramey said.
Steerman Roofing and Patching and Exterior Solutions Group (ESG) is on hand to handle the issues, Ramey said.
“I think a leak at Junior High that we picked up from point A and moved to point B so we need to fix it again,” said Ramey. “The hardest part is you don’t know it until it rains and you can’t go up there and fix it while it’s raining, so we have to wait for it to dry, then fix it. “
Wood asked Ramey if the neighborhood was going to have the roof redone when the students were not on campus. Superintendent Keith Martin said they had completed the middle school roof project the previous month.
Martin said there was a 40-day deadline to complete it. Lower secondary will take around 70 days. Construction cannot be done while students are on campus, Martin said.
“You can’t have class when you punch a hot iron in a building,” Martin said. “You will hear this hammer drill in every classroom.”
Right now Steerman Roofing is keeping the roof fixed, but by next year the junior high school will have a new roof, Martin said.