The Arkadelphia Board of Education held its regular January meeting this Tuesday, having had to reschedule from recent turbulent weather affecting the original date.

The Arkadelphia Board of Education held its regular January meeting this Tuesday, having had to reschedule from recent turbulent weather affecting the original date.
After hearing from Leslie Dyess, facilities coordinator for Dawson Education Cooperative, the board voted unanimously to approve a resolution for the 2018 six-year master plan and the 2019-2021 funding cycle partnership program application.
Superintendent Dr. Donnie Whitten also updated the progress of the new Goza Middle School building, stating that work has continued despite the recent weather.
In consideration of the annual school election, Dr. Kenneth Harris, Jr., board vice-president of Zone 2, motioned to approve holding it during May. The decision was unanimously carried.
Near the end of the meeting, Whitten talked about the district’s Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) days.
The AMIs were implemented last year as a method to provide different instructions on days when schools must be closed. Last week’s snowy weather, which canceled classes from Jan. 16-18, caused the district to use three of the five AMI days.
The response from parents was noted as being positive. Peake Elementary’s Principal Mary Snowden shared that as of Tuesday evening, the school’s return rate of the packets was eighty-six percent.
The board accepted the hiring of two employees, one request for a leave of absence and one resignation.