Opportunities for Vilonia students may include apprenticeship programs....

Working with the Arch Ford Cooperative Consortium, the Vilonia School District will soon become a JAG (Jobs for American Graduates) “hub” providing alternative learning opportunities for students on its campus.

The Vilonia Board of Education, Monday night, approved renewing an ALE (Alternative Learning Environment) contract with Arch Ford for $120,000 which will include 30 slots in the program. In addition, a JAG (Jobs for American Graduates) hub will be opened on the Vilonia campus, being instructed by a certified teacher. The Vilonia hub will allow students to attend the blended learning classes in Vilonia or Conway. The hub on the Vilonia campus, according to assistant superintendent Cathy Riggins, will also allow the district to serve more students providing more flexible hours. The JAG program allows students to work and also attend classes.

“Ultimately, we hope to graduate more students with the hub,” Riggins said. Also, the district plans to reach out to businesses searching for apprenticeship programs and job opportunities for students.  

In other business, the board approved:

--Purchase of 21 pallets of paper from Contract Paper Group at a cost of $18,891.60.

--Lamp and ballast repair at the baseball and softball fields at a cost of $10,346 by Fureigh Electric.

--A three-year contract with Simplex Grinnell for monitoring and servicing the district’s fire alarm systems at a cost of $11,882.

--Approved a bid from H&H Asphalt Paving Company for repairs to the bus parking lot costing $12,900.

--Approved the resignations of Matthew Sullivan, teacher; Geneva Day, teacher; Christy Russell, dyslexia interventionist;  Lauren Lefler, Spanish teacher; Sara Bailey, English teacher and Brittany Chambers, teacher.

--Approved the employment of Linda Ferguson as half-time cafeteria worker and Karrie Kirk, ABC aid/daycare aide.

--Approved the certified contract renewal of 226 employees.

Reports:

Mike Armstrong of Nabholz Construction Company, the foundation for the safe room being built at Frank Mitchell Intermediate School should be done in the next month with a completion date in August.