After nearly an hour in executive session, the Crossett School Board extended the superintendent’s contract for one year at Monday night’s meeting.

The school board met on Monday night for their regular monthly meeting.

In addition to addressing Superintendent Gary Williams’ contract, the board also approved three out-of-state travel requests, agreed to waive a facility fee on an upcoming community event and honored the school board members for their service to the school district.

Williams told those in attendance at the meeting that January was School Board Recognition Month, and presented each of Crossett’s board members with a plaque.

“They receive no compensation for their service for attending monthly meetings, workshops, and other events,” Williams said.

Williams gave special recognition to Robert Cornelius, the longest serving board member, who has served on the CSB for 31 years.

Williams also reported that all of Crosssett’s board members had met their annual training requirements for the year.

The three out-of-state travel requests approved included a Summit conference for three Crossett Middle School teachers in Houston, a livestock show in Monroe for the Future Farmers of America group and for the baseball coach to travel to pick up new equipment.

The board also approved the use of the CMS gym on Feb. 23 by Ashley County Go Red. The organization will host a fundraiser and the board waived the fee.

After moving through the agenda, the board went into an executive session at 6:09 p.m. and at 6:35 p.m. asked Williams to join them. At approximately 6:55 p.m., the board returned and announced that they would be extending Williams’ contract for one year.

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