December Board Meeting!

The Mena School Board conducted their December meeting on Tuesday night at the Administration Building.

As usual the meeting began with the Superintendent's Report. Mr. Benny Weston updated the board on a number of education related issues that will be a part of the Arkansas Legislative Session. The session begins on January 11th, 2021.

Weston also congratulated the band, volleyball, football, cross country & golf teams on a successful fall. He also thanked the district patrons for paying attention to the guidelines so that those seasons could be completed.

Flex Friday was next on the agenda. As voted on earlier these flex days will come to an end this week. The process of evaluating the success of this modification is underway. The district is surveying staff & monitoring student success before determining any future modification to the school calendar. Any change will have to be presented to the board for approval.

Antigen Rapid Test have been made available to the Mena School District. When staff members return from the winter break they will have the opportunity to receive the test for the Covid Virus. The test will be available in all buildings on a weekly basis & is completely voluntary.

The board then approved the stipends list for the year & also the financial report.

Finally under personnel. Bethany Meadors & Breanna Peters have been serving as long term substitute teachers. The board approved the two being placed under contract for the second semester only at Louise Durham Elementary & Holly Harshman Elementary. These contracts are being funded by Title One funds carried over from last year.