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School Board Expands Alternative Education and Approves Personnel Changes

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The Mena School Board met Wednesday, May 11, 2016 and approved several personnel changes for the 2016-2017 school year.

At the April board meeting, the Board approved Mr. Weston’s recommendation for expanding the Alternative Education to a K-12 program.  This new initiative requires a district director to administer the three school sites, Little Cats K-4 at Holly Harshman Elementary; Mena Middle Cats 5-8 at Mena Middle School; and Mena Cats and the new Mena H.U.B. 9-12 at Mena High School.  Mike Hobson requested the opportunity to guide the district’s implementation of this new vision, and Mr. Weston supported his request.  With this change, Cliff Sherrer was recommended to move from Assistant Principal to Mena Middle School Principal and Todd Coogan was recommended for the Middle School Assistant Principal position.  The Board approved the three administrative positions.

In addition to the previous action, the Board approved the following personnel changes for 2016-2017.  Celeste Ashcraft will be the Mena High School library media specialist replacing Judy Kropp who is retiring.  Tiffany Williams will be the Louise Durham library media specialist filling the vacancy created by Mrs. Ashcraft. Teaching 6th grade Literacy will be McKenna Jewell replacing Rachel McDaniel who is moving.  Andrea Hughes will replace Karlene Hooker who is retiring.  Mrs. Hughes will teach Biology and coach Sr. High cheerleaders.  Teresa Torix will move to the high school to teach Business Education for the retiring Pat Flanigan.  Andy Philpot will sponsor the Mena High School yearbook.  Rod Purvis and Ron Webb will join the redesigned Mena High School Alternative Education program as instructors.  Aaron O’Brien resigned his coaching duties and will be assigned to a teaching position within the district.

The Board was informed of the following positions currently available for the 2016-2017 school year; para-professional, first grade teacher, special education teacher, eighth grade math teacher, eighth grade science teacher, registered nurse, physical science teacher, Spanish teacher, K-8 Behavioral Specialist, and Head Baseball/Assistant Football coach.

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