The Crossett School District’s Board of Education voted Monday to name three buildings on the Crossett High School campus after people who have contributed the cause of education in Crossett.
During the board’s meeting, the members voted unanimously to change the name of the Crossett High School Auditorium to The CT Foster Auditorium; the high school educational “B” building to Roosevelt Early Hall; and the high school educational “D” building to Stanley Cheshier Hall.
Foster, a retired long-time band teacher, was in attendance at the meeting, though his presence had been solicited without his knowing why the board wanted him there. Through the years his students included musicians who not only went on to perform at the collegiate level but also professionally.
When making the motion to name the buildings, board secretary Eddie Goodson said he could think of no other individuals who it would be more appropriate to name the buildings after.
“They have had the most impact on the most students of anybody,” he said.
“I would venture a guess that Mr. Foster has helped put more students in college than anybody else in the history of the school.
Early taught industrial arts at T.W. Daniel High School starting in 1958, but worked his way into administration at Daniel, and then later Norman Junior High and Crossett High School, where he served as principal until his death at the age of 72 in 2006.
Cheshire, who died in 1987 at the age of 69, had previously retired as CHS’s principal, a position he’d served in for 23 years. He’d also taught in the Monticello, Warren and Hamburg school districts.
During the meeting the board also voted to purchase an additional piece of playground equipment for Crossett Elementary School. The equipment will cost $27,149.39, and will be part of the playground expansion the school made this year.
Superintendent Gary Williams said that the school adding another outdoor play area has helped ease supervision during the times when students are outside. The new piece of equipment will help finalize the completion of the new area.
In other news, the board voted to approve the hiring of Vincent Newton as Crossett High School’s athletic director, football coach, weightlifting catch and Health PE teacher. Current Athletic Director Shawn Jackson’s resignation from that position will be effective June 30.
Other licensed hiring included Jasmine McCoy as the district test coordinator; Zachary Winfield as CHS assistant principal; Kacy Gill as library media specialist; and Hannah Winfield as a CES special education teacher.
ACT 1240 hirings included Vierra Thrower as a second grade teacher; BreAnn Sturdivant as a second grade teacher; Brianna Allen as Crossett Middle School business teacher; and Wanda Henderson as CMS FACS teacher.
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