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Blevins School Board, Elementary Named After Randy Hughes

By Liz Woll, 09/28/21 10:41 AM

The Blevins School Board met Monday evening at 6:30pm in the Blevins School Cafeteria. However, before the meeting began, members of both the school administration and the local community gathered to celebrate the dedication of Blevins Elementary School as Randy Hughes Elementary. Randy Hughes was a former Blevins Elementary Principal and Superintendent, well-loved by both the school and surrounding community. The well-attended dedication party took place just before the school board meeting.

The meeting started with prayer, the pledge, and the approval of the last meeting’s minutes.

Among the matters discussed, one that garnered some consideration was the approval of a field trip for the FCCLA. The Family Career and Community Leaders of America is a national organization dedicated to supporting families and communities through Family and Consumer Sciences education. In November, the FCCLA will be hosting a three-day conference in Washington D.C., and the Blevins chapter requested permission to attend. The students participating would be members of the school’s FCCLA activity club. As such, the school board approved the trip, provided the club could raise its own funds. As it stands, the club already has a few fundraisers in mind.

Another matter that raised a fair bit of discussion began with a relatively simple student survey. Superintendent Dixon surveyed the student body, asking them if they could improve one thing about the school, what would it be? One of the biggest responses was a call for more school activities. Dixon pursued this line of thought, continuing on to survey both the staff and local community on their thoughts about new activities, and was surprised by the wealth of positive feedback. Dixon brought her findings before the school board, listing off a number of the more popular activity requests, including Chess, E-Sports, Drama, Volleyball, and Fishing. But – perhaps unsurprisingly – one of the biggest requests was for Football. While a full football field is currently out of the question for the Blevins School District, Dixon did go into considerable detail pointing out ways the school might be able to use its current facilities to enable the beginnings of a Football program. It would take a considerable amount of time and effort, but Superintendent Dixon appeared driven to take the student and adult recommendations very seriously and start to implement them as soon as possible. As she stated, “we don’t have the activities to meet the needs of our diverse population.” What activities will and will not be added to the curriculum are yet to be determined, but there is little doubt this will be a focus in the coming years.

Other issues discussed include the replacing of the fence encircling the Elementary School yard, the expected arrival of a long-awaited new school bus, and the annual Report to the Public, which will be available for viewing on the Blevins School District’s web page, which is also where this meeting’s minutes can be found.