White Hall extends superintendent’s contract

WHITE HALL — The White Hall School Board extended the contract of Superintendent Larry Smith to June 30, 2016, Tuesday evening.

The board tabled action Tuesday on a request from the Redfield City Council that the district release the Redfield Middle School property to the Keep Redfield Middle School organization when the school is closed at the end of the current school year.

Smith said he had had sought legal opinions on the proposal. The Keep Redfield Middle School group is seeking 503(c) (3) nonprofit status under the Internal Revenue Code to operate a charter school.

A petition from the “Keep Redfield Middle School/Redfield Tri-county Charter School” to use the middle school gym and cafeteria for a Feb. 23 dance to raise funds was one of nine facility use requests approved by the board.

Assistant Athletic Director Tim Atkinson updated board members on the district’s athletic department fund-raising, noting more than $130,000 was donated through the Bulldog Pride campaign.

The money paid for a video scoreboard and new sound system for Bulldog Stadium, and new scoreboards for the baseball and softball fields.

He identified sources of funds for the department and various fund-raising programs, and a provided a list of potential programs and improvements.

The board recognized six students and faculty members during Tuesday’s session:

Michelle Benson, eighth grade student at Redfield Middle School, won the Jefferson County Spelling Bee for her age group; Gracie Lawhon, third grade at Hardin Elementary at Redfield, and Caleb Nichols, first grader at Hardin Elementary, both finished in third place in their age group in the spelling bee; Joseph Steward, White Hall High School senior football player, was selected to play in the state high school All-Star football game; Beverly Overturf, Hardin Elementary principal, has been nominated for the Arkansas Elementary Principal of the Year award; and Tamara Clark, WHHS teacher, has been selected to serve on the Arkansas Transition Class Advisory Board.

A request that the district sell one-sixth of an acre of the tract occupied by Taylor Elementary School was tabled for further study.