The Dierks School Board in a recent meeting held an open and closed session to discuss a student expulsion. The parent had requested the open meeting to speak with the board and the administration’s legal counsel. Following an executive session, the board unanimously accepted the superintendent’s recommendation to expel the student until February 28th. The student will be allowed to take online classes in order to continue progress towards graduation in May 2018.
In other business, the Dierks board approved a resolution setting the annual school board election in May. The Arkansas Legislative Auditing Committee’s report for the 2016 fiscal year was approved. The district had no findings and received a good report.
Board members also approved a non-recurring $1,000 bonus for all certified and classified staff as a Christmas bonus. The bonus will be paid in the November payroll.
The board concluded the meeting by accepting Dr. Holly Cothren’s notice of retirement, effective June 30th, 2018.