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Mena School District Welcomes Dr. Smith Back

The Mena School Board met on May 19th and board members voted to hire Dr. Lee Smith as Assistant Superintendent.

Smith was a former Agri teacher at Acorn High School and Mena High School before he became an adjunct professor at UA Rich Mountain. Smith also served as a Career and Technical Education Coordinator for the De Queen – Mena Educational Coop and the superintendent of the Horatio School District for the past 6 years.

Board members also approved the hiring of Cheyenne Burdess and Lisa Falls for the Holly Harshman Elementary campus; Alicia Farringer, Amy. Martin and Chase McCormick for the Mena Middle School campus and Colby Singleton for the Mena High School campus.

Board members approved the transfer of Amy Dollar, Justin Goodnight, Chelsea Johnson and Susan McKeever. And, they accepted the following coaching duties. Landon Dover will be the head Sr. girls track coach, Tia Fryer will be the assistant jr. boys basketball coach. Ryan Luttmer will be the head jr. boys basketball coach and head jr. boys track coach. Brad Lyle is the new assistant sr. boys basketball coach and Heather Goss is the head jr. girls track coach.

Board members accepted the resignations of Traci Gray and Malani Vega and voted to rescind the contract of Markie Blocker.

Superintendent Benny Weston updated the board on the multiple phases the district’s leadership team is working on, for the re-entry and beginning of the 2020-2021 school years.

Board members renewed the contracts of Aramark Food Service and Horizon Software.

The board also accepted the Freedom of Choice applications of 9 students.

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