By JESSIE SMITH
Ashdown school board recognizes student accomplishments
During the annual report to the public on October 15, the superintendent announced that the new Foreman High School facility is projected to finish construction in December 2021.
Superintendent Pat Tankersley said Craig Boone of Architecture Plus is the hired architect for the 58,165-square-foot project, and Kinco Construction is the construction company. The facility is budgeted to cost about $12.5 million — $5,144,062 from state partnership contributions and $7,450,000 from the bond voted into effect in September 2019.
Tankersley reported standard information about the Foreman School District, including proposals for continuous improvement. For Oscar Hamilton Elementary, some of those proposals included dyslexia screening and computer-based programs like Reading Counts and Study Island.
For Foreman Junior High and High School, the industrial maintenance program and early morning tutoring were among the many proposals. The Foreman School District also issued the annual Title I Update at 6 p.m.
Title I funds contribute to various educational programs through professional development and the purchase of supplies. After the Title I update and the report to the public, the Foreman Board of Education met in regular session, and Oscar Hamilton Elementary Principal Pam Smiley presented a Gator Success certificate to the Peewee Gator football teams.
The third- and fourth-grade team played an undefeated season, and the fifth- and sixth-grade team finished the season 2-4. Tankersley reported that the Foreman School District partnered with the Cornerstone Counseling Clinic to provide an office for a Cornerstone counselor at both campuses without any cost to the district.
The Ashdown School Board of Education started the October 14 meeting by recognizing the Ashdown Purple Pride Marching Band for their accomplishments at the Arkansas Showcase of Bands Marching Contest, three L.F. Henderson students for good behavior and Ashdown High School students who attended the School of Innovation Summit.
Superintendent Casey Nichols presented the annual report to the public as well as Ashdown branding information. The school board approved moving forward with the renovations of the C.D. Franks building by determining a guaranteed maximum price of construction.
The annual report to the public announced that Ashdown School District is ranked the seventh district in Arkansas for reading growth, according to ArkansasLearns.org.
For the 2019-20 school year, the Ashdown School District chose to focus on five big goals: reading, teacher learning, effective teaching, a guaranteed and viable curriculum and classroom management that minimizes discipline and builds positive relationships.
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