White Hall board to meet Redfield patrons Jan. 3

WHITE HALL – Members of the White Hall School Board will meet with members of the Keep Redfield Middle School Task Force at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 to discuss the recommended closure of the school, board President Scott Pittillo announced Tuesday evening.

The meeting, which will be held in the district administration building here, was scheduled in response to a request from the ad hoc task force. Several members of the organization were present at Tuesday’s regular board meeting, but did not comment.

The Jan. 3 meeting will be open to the public.

Meanwhile, the district’s the district’s existing reduction in force (RIF) policy was amended Tuesday to change the number of days worked from 120 to 160 days to be considered having worked for the district for a year.

Under the RIF policy, certified employees receive a point for each year worked for the district, additional points for academic accomplishments. The teacher with the fewest points would be laid off first in a merger with another district. Classified employees would be evaluated by years of service in their employment category.

In other action Tuesday, the board recognized Hardin Elementary School at Redfield has been rated No. 1 in the state and No. 1 in the Central Region for third grade literacy and No. 4 in the state for combined third grade math and literacy, and White Hall Middle School was rated No. 4 in the Central Arkansas Region based on algebra scores and No. 8 in the state and No. 5 in the region for geometry scores.

The district received the final evaluation of district schools on academic ratings, known as Annual Measureable Objectives (AMO), formerly known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), from the Arkansas Department of Education, said Superintendent Larry Smith.

The district evaluation:

• Hardin Elementary School, Redfield, classified as achieving school in percent tested, literacy and math;

• Redfield Middle School, achieving in all three categories;

• White Hall Middle School, achieving in all three categories;

• Gandy, Moody and Taylor elementary schools, achieving schools in percent tested and literacy, need improvement in math;

• White Hall High School, achieving in literacy, need for improvements in math, percent tested and graduation rate; and

• District classified as needs improvement, rated achieving in literacy and percent tested, needs for improvement in graduation rate and math.