The Riverside Board of Education had their first meeting of the new year Tuesday night. A crowded agenda awaited the board members.
The board held their organizational meeting for the election of officers. Don Klingler was named president, Bryan Wright, vice president.
Highlighting the meeting was the introduction of new football coach, Tim McGill. This will be McGill’s second stint at the helm. He previously coached the Pirates for four seasons from 2000 through 2003. Riverside made the playoffs in McGill's final season. He resigned after the ’03 campaign for personal reasons. When John Graher resigned after two seasons, McGill reentered the picture. McGill’s top priority is to increase the number of athletes in the program.
Tim McGill talks about getting back into coaching.
The board listened to a presentation from Maintenance/Transportation Supervisor Jason Bell. Bell’s report discussed the status of the district’s buses. Because of excess mileage, the district needs to replace one of the buses in time, hopefully, for the 2013-14 school year.
The issue was how to go about purchasing it. After much discussion, the board decided to hear bids on their own rather than going through a consortium. Bids will be heard beginning with the February 26th meeting.
In other news, the board approved the retirement of 6th grade teacher Tim Walls effective February 20th, 2013. Don Epps will replace Mr. Walls for the remainder of the school year.
Walls’ retirement affects his status as a volunteer varsity boys’ basketball assistant. State law requires that newly retired staff members must not have any contact with the school system for 60 days. Walls has to resign, effective January 25th.
The board approved the playing of a varsity baseball game on April 7th at 4:00 p.m. The game required board approval because the game falls on a Sunday. The Pirates will take on the Dixie Greyhounds, a Division II team.
Finally, Superintendent Scott Mann acknowledged that January is School Board Recognition Month. Mann presented each member a gift and publically thanked them for their efforts.
The board will next meet on February 26th at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library.
Scott Mann discusses a variety of topics