Vilonia School District's report to the public held Monday night

In an address to the public this week, officials with the Vilonia School District presented objectives, recognized teachers and programs as well as provided an overview of the budget.

Among the speakers was Dr. David Stephens, school superintendent and Cathy Riggins, assistant superintendent.

Regarding objectives, Stephens said there are three major ones including: The Vilonia School District will maintain a 100-percent graduation rate. By the end of the fourth grade, every student will be at or above grade level in reading or will have met reading goals. Students’ complied scores on state mandated achievement tests will be in the top 10-percent in the state.

Even though Vilonia District students are scoring higher on tests than most of the state averages, Riggins said, “They are not where we would like for them to be.”

“We are pretty good,” Riggins added. “We’ve got a lot going on, but we are not good enough.”

The event was held, Monday night, prior to the November board meeting. Also, administrators touted the praises of teachers and programs. They discussed some partnerships between the campuses. They also talked about focusing on the “whole child,” engaging families and parent support.

Several programs were highlighted including the Gifted and Talented Program. Chere’ Beavers, director, said Arkansas is a leader in the GT program. She also said that 257 students have been identified in Vilonia’s GT program.  There was also an overview of the special education initiative. It was said that representatives from four school districts will be visiting the district with the mission of learning about Vilonia’s program.

There was also recognition of students, clubs, organizations and the animal therapy dogs on three campuses—the middle school, the freshman academy and the intermediate school.

Kevin Luck, business manager for the district, also presented the financial budget

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