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El Dorado School District names new board president and vice president

By Janice McIntyre
This article was published October 10, 2017 at 5:00 a.m.

Long-time El Dorado School Board member Susan Turbeville was elected by board members to serve as the next president and Renee Skinner was named as the new vice president.

Outgoing president, Wayne Gibson, asked for nominations for the new president and vice president during Monday night’s meeting.

Vicky Dobson is outgoing vice president.

In addition to serving on the El Dorado School Board, Turbeville is executive director of the Haiti Education Foundation – an entity that has provided education for children living in the remote mountains of southern Haiti for over 30 years.

Turbeville has worked with the foundation for about 16 years and has traveled to Haiti on numerous trips. She is an active member of College Avenue Church of Christ and has served on the El Dorado School Board for a number of years. She and her husband, Joey, have two grown children, Emile and Trey.

Physical science and selective instructive learning time are new learning opportunities being offered at Barton Junior High School, Sherry Hill, Barton principal, told members of the El Dorado School Board during the Monday night meeting.

She said students are designing and will construct a nine-hole mini golf course, as part of their selective instructive learning curriculum, which includes a 3D model and “bidding” on the project.

Shawn Lamkin, special education director for the district, reported the total state/local budget for the 2017-18 school year as $2,018,920, which includes certified salaries and benefits, speech pathologists, three resource teachers, 12 self-contained teachers, seven examiners, three special education supervisors and assistant special education supervisors at $1,167,267. Classified salaries are $240,974 for a speech pathologist assistant, special education bus driver and bus aides and benefits total $427,545. Expenses are $6,520 for web maintenance, $79,113 for district supplies, $90,000 Medicaid state match, $1,500 for resource room (travel) and $6,000 for special education supervisor travel.

The total Catastrophic Budget is $40,323 – $16,607 for paraprofessionals special class (self-contained - one student) and $6,643 for benefits; $5,073 for medical supplies self-contained class and $12,000 for professional technical. The ARMAC (Arkansas Medicaid Administrative Claiming) budget for the 2017-18 school year is $135,543, which includes certified salaries, a portion of the school-based health center administrator’s salary, school nurse, benefits, mental health counselor, Medicaid billing, mentor (Art Noyes), other psychological services and supplies.

The Medicaid Budget for the 2017-18 school year totals $222,000 and pays for speech pathologists, benefits, occupational and physical therapists, personal health care nurse and speech pathologists’ expenses and supplies.

Following an executive session of the board Monday night, members accepted three resignations and authorized the employment of eight persons.

They accepted resignations from Gabriela Araiza, El Dorado High School, effective Sept. 13; Perry Lovett, Washington Middle School, effective Sept. 29 and Flora Morris, EHS, effective Oct. 6.

They authorized the employment of Jewel Murphy, Retta Brown Elementary, began Sept. 18; Shannon Moran, Barton Junior High, began Oct. 3; Rochon Bradford, Hugh Goodwin Elementary, began Oct. 3; Janna Clark, EHS, began Sept. 13; Blaca Cervantes, EHS, began Sept. 13; Heidi Gibson, WMS, began Oct. 9 and Beth Hobbs, began Oct. 9.

Janice McIntyre can be reached at 870-862-6611.

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