The Carlisle School Board hired a new bus driver and mechanic during their meeting Monday in the administration building.

The board approved the termination of bus driver/mechanic Fred Watson. The board approved hire of Blake Huffmaster of Carlisle for bus driver and mechanic.

"I feel good about the work he can do," superintendent Jason Clark said.

In other business, the board approved to renew Clark’s contract.

Carlisle fifth- and sixth-grade gifted and talented students spoke to school board members about products they each made that were showcased in a product fair on Dec. 4, 2013.

The students will complete in the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase Expo on Friday at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock.

Clark told board members the district received a $500 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program to support schools Math and Science endeavors. He said Bill and Steve Reed, owners of Exxon in Carlisle, worked with school officials and Nimocks Oil Company to get the grant. According to a press release, the grant is one of 2,400 available to schools served by Exxon or Mobil stations. The grants are funded by the Exxon Mobil Corporation.

During the ice storm, Clark explained to board members the ice came down in sheets damaging the guttering by cracking it at the high school. He said Flynco, who installed the gutters, would come to the school, get on the roof and determine everything that needs replaced, so when the district files the insurance claim, it can all be fixed. Clark said he would collect bids to have ice guards installed onto the gutters.

Clark said bids to host the basketball regional tournament would be opened Thursday.

"I have been told unofficially no one bid against us," Clark said.

He said the district bid to give 90 percent of the gate sells to the Arkansas Activities Association and the district would keep 10 percent.

Clark announced the current student enrollment is 704 students.

This year, he said, the district would have an on-site review for standards and accreditation to be evaluated on 186 items, for example if class sizes are right, if there are enough library books and if everything in the hand books is supposed to be there. He explained three to four people from the state department of education would visit the district one day. He said the evaluation happens every five years.

January is school board appreciation month so Clark told board members he appreciates their work and support and wise decisions they make. The board enjoyed cake and ice cream during their meeting.

The next board meeting will be Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the administration building.