The Carlisle School Board unanimously voted to partner with the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce for the Arkansas Scholars program, during Monday night’s board meeting.

The Arkansas Scholars program is a partnership with the local Chamber of Commerce and school districts to promote academic achievement for high school students grades 9-12. By encouraging students to make good grades and attend school regularly, the program condition attributes which transition over into job field.

To become an Arkansas Scholar, students must obtain four goals over the four year period, including making semester grades of a C or above in all academic courses, achieve a 95 percent or better attendance record, take the Smart Core curriculum to graduate from high school and prepare for post secondary education or technical training and complete high school in eight consecutive semesters. The Smart Core curriculum requirements are:

- English I,II, III, IV

- Three units of science from biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, lab based

- Four units of math including algebra I, geometry, algebra II and an advanced math course

- Three units of social studies including world history, U.S. history, civics/government

- Complete the balance of state mandated high school graduation requirements

Upon achieving these goals, Arkansas Scholars will receive a certificate of achievement and a seal will be placed in each student’s transcript. Due to a growing number of employers are asking job applicants for high school transcripts, the Arkansas Scholars seal would improve the student’s chance of employment.

In addition, five higher education institutions in Arkansas have offer scholarships for Arkansas Scholars graduates.

By unanimous vote, the board authorized a partnership between the district and the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce for the Arkansas Scholars program.

In other business, during his administrative report, Superintendent Jason Clark said student enrollments is at 647, only three students shy of last years third quarter average. He said the new anonymous bullying hotline is now up and running and information on the hotline has been provided to the students. In addition, Clark spoke to the board about the air conditioning units at Bison Arena. He said while the facility is a two unit facility, only one unit has been working for some time. It was recommended that the district replace the second unit as the repair cost for the out of date unit would supersede the cost of a new unit. A new unit was estimated to cost roughly $60,000. With board support, Clark said he would begin bidding out the project to see what the replacement cost would be.

Also during the meeting, the board unanimously voted to:

-Approve the five percent salary increases as required by Act 1120 or 2013

-Approve the ACSIP and budget

-Authorize the purchase of a 2017 Blue Bird bus for $74,540 from Central Arkansas Bus Sales

-Approve three vendor resolutions as presented

-Accept the legal transfer of Emily Howell into the district

-Authorize the sale of high school sewing machines at various prices

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the administration building.