Carlisle School Board approved new hires, handbook changes and a new trash service provider during a meeting on July 11.

The board approved a voting resolution stating "The Carlisle School District Board of Directors "a resolution to request of the Lonoke County Election Commission to open no election day polling places for the 2014 annual school election."

The resolution also stated if no more than one candidate for school board position presents a petition, the district may request

to reduce the number of polling places or not to open any on election day.

Superintendent Jason Clark said current board members Terry McCallie and Jeff Daniels are running unopposed in the upcoming election and the deadline to file already passed. Both terms are for five years.

New changes to the elementary and high school handbook were unanimously approved by the board. Elementary changes include: No food or beverage may be sold or given away outside the federal child nutrition program during the school day; Breakfast time will be 7:30 a.m.; The elementary school may host nine parties a year. There will be a school calendar listing the party dates. Parents may not bring items to celebrate individual student birthdays or other events outside the scheduled parties per food nutrition laws; Personal party individuals may not be distributed at school premises; Tongue, nose, lip, or eyebrow rings are not allowed; Sunglasses may not be worn in building; Yoga pants, spandex or leggings unless a top is worn that completely covers the student’s bottom.

High school handbook changes approved included: Student will be given choice of two paddlings administrated by principal or two days of in-school suspension for violation of the tobacco policy on first offense; Excessive absences may also be a determining factor for participation in field trips; Students must make a score of 18 on their ACT to be eligible for the Academic Challenge Scholarship; All students participating in any extracurricular activities must attend a minimum of four periods during the school day to be eligible for the event.

In other business, the board approved Republic Services of Little Rock for the district’s trash service for a monthly fee of $1,098.05. Clark said the company would service two, eight yard containers-emptied three times per week at the elementary cafeteria, a six yard container-emptied two times per week behind agricultural shop, an eight yard container-emptied two times per week at field house, a four yard container-emptied once per week at the bus garage and an eight yard container-emptied three times per week and a four yard container-emptied once per week at the high school.

Also during the meeting, the board approved:

* Inventory deletions list with about 1,000 items, totaling $86,849.04. Clark said items included study desks and computer items.

*Resignations of science educator Shannon Harrington and cafeteria worker Tanya Scrimsher.

*Personnel hires of Jaci Stephens as business teacher; Joey Nelson as history teacher, baseball coach and assistant football coach; Christina Buchanen as science teacher; Janet Thrower as preschool aide; Peggy Creekmore as cafeteria worker.

Clark announced there is a position open for a cafeteria worker. He also said open houses at elementary and high school would be Aug. 14.

The next board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 in the administration building.