Mountain Home School Board - 9.20.22

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Mountain Home School District Board met Tuesday evening in regular session. The meeting opened with the opportunity for public comment. Representatives from the Mountain Home Education Association spoke about teacher morale throughout the district. They also spoke about building a greater presence within the school.

Following public remarks, the board began reports. This led to discussions of future facility development. The board was quick to recall the high school bond that faced a crushing wave of opposition from the public. The board was quick to agree that a need for long, mid, and short-term goals exist. They also all agreed that a community board composed of members of the public who opposed the last bond should be assembled to help create short, mid, and long-term goals for future development.

Additionally, the board agreed that should a new bond be presented to the public, it should provide support for schools throughout the district, not just a new high school. Superintendent Gilbert also noted that support from local businesses would be vital to the success of a future bond.

Following bond business, the board discussed replacing the high school’s football field with a multi-sport turf surface. The estimated cost predicted for the project was $400k-650k. The board was cautious, noting the newly resurfaced track at the high school as well as additional hidden costs, but all seemed to agree that it wouldn’t hurt to get a bid.

The meeting closed after the announcement of a new food service director in the district, and the unanimous approval of transportation aide for a student who resides in Pine, but attends Hacker Middle School.

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