Vilonia Board of Education recognized for being trailblazers

The Vilonia School Board of Education has been recognized as a “trailblazer” regarding a program to keep students in school.

At the April Vilonia Board of Education meeting, Cathy Riggins, assistant superintendent, presented the board with the Trailblazer Leadership award on behalf of Arch Ford Co-op. The award, she said, is in regard to the district’s support of the Jobs for Arkansas’ Graduates, referred to as the JAG program—a program designed to keep students in school by providing flexibility where they can be in the classroom and also work.  In addition to the classroom time, the JAG program extends beyond the school year as students receive 12 months of follow-up and support after leaving high school.

Riggins recalled when the board was initially approached about entering the partnership to be a part of it, a few years ago, by representatives of Arch Ford. She recalls that board member Tim Nolan was instantly in favor saying, “If it helps one kid, I’m for it.”

In other business, the board:

--Approved a school capacity resolution.

--Approved a district audit where there were no negative findings.

--Approved allocating an additional $750 to the Generation Ready contract providing on-site support for third grade teachers.

--Set the date for the annual district fish fry for May 11.

--Approved the district’s summer driver’s education program. It will be taught by Rodney Partee, assistant principal at the Vilonia Middle School.

In other action, the board meeting included segment referred to as the Student Spotlight allowing board members to learn about programs.

Debra Mauldin, teacher/sponsor for the DECA program, introduced students that qualified for national competition and they provided an overview of their projects.  The program, the students said, have provided them with many leadership opportunities. Mauldin said the students have raised $1,500 for the trip to compete in Los Angeles.

Teacher/sponsor Edie Bomar introduced students Cameron Wilhite and Jordan Rogers who will be going to FCCLA national competition. They gave a glimpse of a program on “club volleyball,” and options for healthy alternatives they will present.  

Following an executive session, the board approved the resignations of Joni Murray, teacher; Jana Sisson, nurse; Lora Shaw, daycare teacher; Yvonne Sturdivant teacher and Brooke Rexroat teacher.  As well, they approved the employment of others including Jennifer Kramer, high school counselor, Heather Steadham, teacher, Morgan Anderson, bookkeeper.

Keith Rorie, Kenneth Waites and Gage Duke were approved for the summer grounds crew.  The moving/painting helpers will include Nathan Harris, Trace Harris, Gavin Duke and Chance Thompson. The cleaning crew was announced including Vickie Clements, Luci Bone, Donna Pruitt, Cindy Holt, Roxanne Russenberger, Aubrey Ussery, Madison Moss and Shona Golan.

Several contract renewals and changes were also announced.