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School board offers Redfield principal new role

The White Hall School Board voted March 12 to extend contracts to three assistant superintendents, two education supervisors and all principals, including James Kight, who heads up Redfield Middle School, scheduled to close at the end of the school year, Superintendent Larry Smith said.

Kight, who had publicly stated earlier that he had planned to retire June 30, was offered a contract to serve as assistant principal one-half of each school day at White Hall middle school and high school, Smith said, or the equivalent to a full-time contract.

Arkansas school districts send out certified contract extensions early in the calendar year and target receiving signed contracts no later than May, giving administrators summer months to fill any vacancies created by resignations and retirements.

In other action last week, the school board:

• Recognized senior Rachel Box and junior Ja’Lisa Allen, members of the girls’ basketball team named to the 5A South All-Conference Team.

• Accepted the low bid of $77,688 from Diamond State Bus Sales for a 2014 International school bus. The new bus will replace one that will be moved to “spare status.” A 1997 “spare” model will be retired and sold by bid.

Smith briefed board members on proposed changes in the Arkansas Activities Association rules for extracurricular activity eligibility for home schooled students, noting that the state association of school boards developed the policy to help local boards determine if and under what circumstances “this can occur.”

White Hall directors will receive a policy recommendation at a future meeting, Smith said.