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Board reviews RIF policy

The White Hall School Board was asked Tuesday evening to amend the district’s existing reduction in force (RIF) policy to change the number of days worked from 120 to 160 days to be considered having worked 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.

Classified employees would be evaluated by years of service in their employment category.

A RIF policy acknowledges a school board’s authority to conduct a reduction in force when a decrease in enrollment or other reasons make a reduction necessary. Superintendent Dr. Larry Smith said the proposed changes were recommended by the Arkansas School Board Association.

With approval of changes by the school board, a vote would be taken by the staff, Smith explained. If approved by a majority of both certified and classified staff, the policy changes would go into effect immediately. If not approved by the staff, the changes would become effective July 1.

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 board also cited nine White Hall Senior High School football team members for conference honors. Shaquan Walls, Joseph Stewart, Percy Arnold, Frank Yelland, Terrance Warren and Tyler Carr received 5A All-state honors, while Donovan Jordan, Hunter Helms and Quinton Winston received 5A honorable mention All-state honors.

The WHHS team completed the 2012 season as the 5A South Conference runner-up and made it to the 5A state championship quarterfinals.

The board approved continuation of a tuition agreement with the Jenkins Memorial Center.

A bid of $11,414 from Precision Net Co. of Rogers was approved to erect a safety net between the WHHS baseball and softball fiends to protect fans from foul balls hit during games.

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.