Month: January 2014

School Board Member Recognition Month

Governor Mike Beebe has declared the month of January, 2014, as Arkansas School Board Member Recognition Month in the state of Arkansas.  In a proclamation from the Governor’s Office, Beebe said:

“Arkansas school-board members contribute countless hours to fulfilling their roles and responsibilities in setting the mission for their districts; establishing and enforcing policies; overseeing school district finance to ensure alignment with academic and facility needs and goals; hiring and evaluating superintendents; and approving the selection of curricula to make certain that students are offered and taught required courses of study.”

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The Smackover School District would like to thank the current school board members who have volunteered their time:

005Zone 1 – Don Thomas

003Zone 2 – Joe Bates, President

001Zone 3- Lynn Birchfield, Secretary

006Zone 4 – Jerry Hegwood

002Zone 5 – Chris Long

004Zone 6 – Heather Preston

007Zone 7 – Jeremy Ward

January School Board Meeting

The Smackover School District Board of Directors met in regular session on Monday, January 27, 2014.  Highlights from the meeting include:

  • Recognized Bailey Snider and Emily Buggs as the January students of the month.
  • Updated the board about a potential annexation with the Norphlet School District.  A survey had been sent out to all employees with 78 for and 4 against for a total of 82 forms currently turned in.
  • Approved Paula Robertson as the surrogate parent for the Smackover School District.
  • Updated policy 4.45, repealed policy 4.45.1, and approved an addendum to the elementary handbook.
  • Extended the contract of Superintendent Dave Wilcox by one year, making it a three year contract.
  • Accepted the resignation of one employee.

Jana Reynolds, Technology Administrator, provided an update to the board on the District’s Comprehensive Integrated Technology Plan.  As of January, 2014, the following had occurred:

  • Ordered 175 Chromebooks for 3rd through 6th grade students.
  • Scheduled a certified Google trainer to provide professional development for elementary and high school teachers this summer.
  • Ordered 20 iPad minis for K-2 classrooms.
  • Scheduled iPad training for K-2 teachers and special education teachers for the upcoming summer.
  • Planning for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) implementation at the high school.
  • Ordered laptops for core teachers at the high school with plans to order laptops for remaining high school teachers this summer.

The Smackover School District Board of Directors meets in regular session on the third Monday of every month* in the Board Room of the Central Office at 5:30 pm.  The public is invited to attend.

*Due to President’s Day, the February board meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 24, 2014.

BYOD Handbook Draft

The Smackover School District is in the process of creating a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy for Smackover High School students for the 2014-2015 school year.

The District’s Curriculum Leadership Team has developed a draft of a BYOD Handbook.

WE WANT YOUR INPUT!

First read the draft of the BYOD Handbook:

SSD_BYOD_Handbook_DRAFT

Then complete the following survey:

Once the draft has been finalized, the BYOD Handbook and related policies will be presented to the Smackover School District Board of Directors for approval.

SHS Football Players Named to All-Area Team

Five Smackover High School football players were named to the All-Area Football Team by the El Dorado News Times.  Congratulations to the following students:

Offensive Team

  • Fabian Sims – Senior Running Back
  • Ty Mullens – Senior Offensive Line

Defensive Team

  • Logan Clark – Junior Linebacker
  • Kevante Lower – Senior Linebacker
  • Elmo Hempstead – Junior Defensive Back