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Choir Happening A Success

One hundred and thirty students from the White Hall High School Choir program took the stage Saturday night at the Pine Bouff Convention Center to present the 2014 Choir Happening: “Heroes and Villains.”

Gullett chairs education board

Little Rock —The State Board of Education elected new officers at its monthly meeting this week. Brenda Gullett of Fayetteville was elected chairman; and Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock, was elected vice chairman. Their leadership terms will be in effect through June 2014. Gullett succeeds Jim Cooper of Melbourne who has served on the State Board since October 2003 and as president since 2012. Gullett, a former state senator, is owner and operator of Brenda Gullett Associates, a company that offers corporate training in customer service, communications and leadership development. She has been a member of the State Board since 2007. Before this week's election, she had been serving as vice chairman. Ledbetter, a former state representative, is an attorney and partner with the McMath Woods law firm. He has served on the State Board since 2008. The State Board has nine members who serve staggered seven-year terms. Members are appointed by the governor. The board has general authority to govern the state's K-12 public school system.

Gandy Students of the Month

Students of the Month at Gandy Elementary for May are (bottom row) Kennedie Johnson, Graci Ames, Isabella Moore, Noah Smith, Cynthia Hankins; (middle row) Alex Pague, Garrett Cook, Julia Bohner, Paige Boast, Barron Mitchell; (top row) Kennedy Akins, Caitlyn Harris, Macy Fultz, Hayden Brown and Austin Shores. Not pictured is Autumn Lollar.

Symposium to feature discussion on achievement gap

The Arkansas Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - School of Education Literacy Institute will host a symposium Friday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sylvester Early auditorium of Henderson-Young Hall (Business Building). With the theme, "It takes a Village to Educate a Child," the symposium will provide a forum for citizens in Congressional District 4 (Union, Yell, Ashley, Scott, Clark, Polk, Madison, and Drew counties) and the State to discuss the rising concerns and sense of urgency in closing the achievement gaps of students in schools.