Friday, October 13, 2017

TOP STORY >> Cabot has 10,357 students

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer

Enrollment in the Cabot School District grew to 10,357, up 103 students from last year.

Superintendent Tony Thur-man presented the information during the annual report to the public at the school board meeting on Tuesday.

The district’s budget for 2016-17 was $78.9 million compared to $79.2 million this school year.

Cabot has 1,413 employees working in the district. All 17 schools were accredited with only Cabot Middle School South cited for a special education/reading teacher who was on the additional licensure plan.

Construction projects completed in 2016-17: A new fence installed at Southside Elementary; adding parking and a pull-through lane at Central Elementary and replacing the heating and air conditioning system in the kitchenl; new curbing and sod were put in at the flagpole area at Northside Elementary; a driveway was repaired at Junior High North; the parking lot at Freshman Academy was repaired; and a new video board was installed at the high school football stadium.

This year’s project is replacing the heating and air conditioning system at Eastside Elementary.

School board officers for 2017-18 are Dean Martin as president, Sarah Owen as vice president and Brian Evans as secretary.

The Cabot Country Cruisers running club presented a $5,000 check to the school district to purchase physical education equipment. The funds came from the Spring Fling 5K race held in March.

The race had 400 participants.

The school board passed a resolution to sell a 1994 ski boat and trailer. which the district cannot use.

“It was a donated item to our auto mechanics program. The donor’s intent was for the kids to learn how to work on the motor,” Thurman said.

The boat motor was old and the program does not work with marine carburetors. It was donated last year and some students worked on it.

“The donor was fine with the district selling the boat and putting the proceeds back into the auto program. It could be in scholarships or materials,” Thurman said.