The Crossett School District’s school board voted Monday to make the necessary administrative appointments to operate a new grant-funded program.

Crossett Elementary School Principal Veronica Robinson had previously publicly announced the school’s reception of a $660,000, five-year grant to operate an after school program four days a week.

The board gave its stamp of approval Monday with a vote to appoint CES Assistant Principal Janet Ricks the program director and to name Robinson the site coordinator. Both appointments are for the 2019-2020 school year.

Under the program, students will spend two days a week focusing on academics, and two days a week focusing on enrichment. Robinson said part of the grant requirement was for the program to provide social-emotional programs for the children.

“We are excited about it, and proud that our school was awarded this program,” she said.

The program will have 100 slots available to any student. CES has approximately 750 students, so the school anticipates it will have a waiting list, Robinson said.

During the meeting, the board also voted to allow Superintendent Gary Williams to participate in the Arkansas School Superintendent Mentoring Program.

Williams said he has been asked to mentor a new superintendent in the state, but the program requires that the mentor receive permission from his or her board first.

Williams previously served as a mentor for Hamburg Superintendent Tracy Streeter.

“It is a good learning experience for me, so I am excited for that,” Williams said.

In other news:

-The board approved the licensed hiring of Toni Hartley as a pre-Kindergarten teacher at Crossett Learning Center, Grant Collins as Crossett Middle School’s archery coach for 2019-2020, and Jan Sellers as a special education teacher at CES.

-The board approved the classified hiring of LaDondra Robinson as a paraprofessional at CLC, Donna Hammock as an instructional assistant at CLC and CES, and Jenny Allen and Murlee Carter in the transportation department.

-The board accepted the classified resignations of Felicia Outlaw as an instructional assistant at CLC, and Chad Knighton as a crossing guard. Both resignations were effective immediately.

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