Pine Bluff School Board recognizes Zebra football team

At the start of its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Pine Bluff School Board congratulated the Pine Bluff High School football team for a successful season.

“We are as happy as we can be to recognize our Pine Bluff High School Zebras,” board president Piccola Washington said.

Head coach Bobby Bolding thanked his players and his coaching staff for achieving a season in which the team won the Class 6A-South and was a runner-up to Greenwood in the Class 6A state championship game played in Little Rock Dec. 1.

“I’m proud to get to work with these men,” Bolding said as he introduced each of his assistant coaches, including offensive line coach Preston Jordan; offensive coordinator Antonio Lovelady; running backs coach Rod Stinson; wide receivers coach Ryan Stinson; linebackers coach Tyrone Jones; team manager and special teams coach Roy Hutchins; and coach Josh Keith.

Bolding held out special praise for the team’s 29 seniors.

“I am very proud of them and of what they’ve been able to accomplish,” Bolding said. “They have laid a foundation that these younger guys will be able to build upon.”

Senior team leader Jamison Murry, who plays left tackle, addressed the board.

“We’ve been working hard all year and thank the coaches for being patient with us and for keeping on all of us about our grades,” Murry said. “I want to thank my brothers, the seniors and all of you for supporting us.”

Superintendent’s report

Interim Superintendent Linda Watson recognized Southeast Middle School for increasing its math scores by 35 percent over the past three years.

Watson briefed the board on the status of external education providers for the spring semester. Evans Newton Inc. will continue to work with the district and Elbow to Elbow will continue to work with the three priority schools in the district and possibly with Southeast Middle School, Watson said.

Watson also discussed the Breakfast in the Classroom Initiative and reminded the board that the program is beneficial and is growing in popularity across the state.

Financial report

District director of business/finance Pam Winkler presented the November financial report to the board.

Winkler reported that the district had a beginning balance of $13,391,509; current monthly receipts of $6,251,605; current monthly expenses of $3,574,804; amount available for operating of $16,572,952; and a total balance of all funds of $21,466,368.