The Crossett School District had to celebrate school bus safety a little differently this year because of  COVID-19. 

Superintendent Gary Williams said that typically the district has someone go and speak to the students and do other activities, but this year they just sent materials home to encourage school bus safety.

The schools also sent their typical goody bags out to bus drivers as well.

“I do want to take the time to commend our drivers because like many districts we do run short of drivers, but we do have a few reliable drivers who do a great job and they are there for us,” Williams said.

 “They stepped up to get meals out to our students when we were on lock down and they are such an asset to our district.”

Williams also said that he drove a school bus for many years and understands the challenges that bus drivers face and he appreciates those who drive buses for Crossett.

“As someone who drove a school bus for many years, I understand the challenges of both discipline on the school bus and making sure you’re bringing the children to and from safely, and I really appreciate our bus drivers,” Williams said.  

In other news:

-Assisant Superintendent Barbara Garner gave the board the district’s plan to recruit minority staff to the district and gave a presentation on the importance on recruiting minorities and how it impacts the success of the students.

Garner also said that data from the state of Arkansas that shows the number of teachers going into the field of education is around 4,500. 

She said that out of those 4,500 going into education only 910 were minority candidates.

“That explains the challenges we have recruiting minorities to our district,” Garner said.

The school board approved the plan unanimously.

-The board nominated school board member Katie Jordan to be the school’s representative at the state conference. 

If Jordan cannot attend, the board voted that Keith Medders would attend in her place.

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