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Blevins School Board

By Liz Woll, 01/12/21 8:32 PM

The Blevins School Board met Monday evening at 6:30pm in the Blevins School Cafeteria. The meeting started with prayer, the pledge, and the approval of the last meeting’s minutes.

One of the first matters discussed was the upcoming elections for the District’s school board. In May of this year, the Blevins School District will have four open positions. During the meeting, Superintendent Dixon reminded those present and interested in running for re-election to be sure and pick up the necessary paperwork, as well as signatures, in order to file for candidacy. The deadline for filing is late February.

Another matter Superintendent Dixon brought up involved how the AAEA (Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators) has partnered with the NIET (National Institute for Excellence in Teaching) to create the Arkansas Rural Educator Network, or AREN. The purpose of the AREN is to provide support to educators and leaders in rural areas. As part of this partnership, 25 rural schools in the state of Arkansas were selected to participate, the Blevins School District being one, as Dixon was pleased to announce. This 3-year commitment will enable the Blevins School District to network with other rural districts and administrators, as well as participate in specialized professional development.

Another issue addressed was a proposal for incentivizing success in advanced placement courses. Last year, despite having a fair number of students participate in the advanced classes, only one student who took the final exam passed. In order to encourage future participation in the exams and success in the courses, Dixon proposed that all students who pass an advanced placement class final exam receive a $50 reward. This award would be per class, so students participating in multiple advanced classes could, potentially, receive this award multiple times in a single semester. These incentives are also to encourage the advanced placement students to earn concurrent credit, as such credit is only awarded to a student if they pass the final exam. Dixon asked that these incentives be put into place retroactively, so that the student who passed their exam last year might receive the award for their success then. The motion passed unanimously.

Other issues addressed include an extension of the policy concerning COVID leave, an update on the school’s COVID numbers, and the success of the Friends For Santa program last month.

The meeting’s minutes can be found on the Blevins School District’s web page.