Lighthouse board thanks principal for her efforts


The Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School board of directors applauded new principal Sandra Smith-Jones at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night for her hard work since assuming the post in August.

“I want to commend you for all of your involvement in the community,” said board member Phillis Nichols-Anderson, who also is Lighthouse vice president for the southern region. “You have been able to get your face out in the community. I am also so proud of your activities here at the school.”

Board president Clarence Davis lauded Smith-Jones for instituting Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts programs.

“I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout and it is good to see these activities here,” Davis said. “This is something that we really need for our children.”

In other business the board heard the monthly principal’s report from Smith-Jones.

Smith-Jones said student test scores from the Northwest Evaluation Association have been received and evaluated and that the data is being used to track student progress.

“The Extended Learning Program provides tutoring opportunities for Title I students for literacy on Mondays, for math on Tuesdays and for study skills every other Thursday,” Smith-Jones said. “The attendance for third-graders is 26 out of 32, for fourth-graders it is eight out of nine, and for fifth-graders it is seven out of nine.”

Smith-Jones explained that an academic interventionist team is tasked with giving Title I students, who are designated as those from minority and socially disadvantaged households, extra help in their studies, which includes the Extended Learning Program.

“We have a Saturday Performing Arts Academy that consists of workshops for students in the third, fourth and fifth grades,” Smith-Jones said.

The board approved the hiring of Gloria McKissic as a part-time school nurse; and Tykesha Cross as an apprentice teacher.

The board voted to rescind the resignation of Terrie Lee as office manager until further notice.

“Doughnuts with Dads was a huge success,” Smith-Jones said. “We had 50 dads, grandfathers and other special guests who were able to spend some special time with their scholars.”

Smith-Jones said students went on field trips to the Little Rock Zoo and to the Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts in Little Rock.

The board approved the September financial report presented by finance director Chris Bell.

Bell said that for the month ending Sept. 30 the school’s revenue was $524,000; its expenditures were $550,000.

The board approved a Health and Safety Plan for the school.