Strong-Hut­tig School Board wel­comes Pam Gathright

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STRONG — Pam Gathright voted on her first ac­tion as a Strong-Hut­tig School Board mem­ber at a meet­ing Monday night.

Gathright, who rep­re­sents Board Zone 7, was ap­pointed after a rec­om­men­da­tion was ap­proved by the board last month. The new board mem­ber served in El Do­rado Civ­i­tan Club and Main Street El Do­rado Board of Directors, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous News-Times re­ports.

When dis­cussing board of­fi­cer po­si­tions, she said, “I don’t know enough about yet. I’m go­ing to have to get my feet wet be­fore I get into some­thing like that.”

The board voted to keep board lead­er­ship as fol­lows: Cindy Smith, pres­i­dent; Fredrick Baker, vice pres­i­dent and Car­rie McHenry, sec­re­tary.

An amend­ment re­gard­ing “in­de­pen­dent study,” rec­om­mended by Su­per­in­ten­dent Jeff Al­phin, was ap­proved. Ac­cord­ing to the district’s stu­dent hand­book, in­de­pen­dent study classes that stu­dents take “out­side of the reg­u­lar school cur­ricu­lum.”

“It was a ques­tion of a para­graph that needed to be added for a stu­dent who had al­ready grad­u­ated, but had some in­de­pen­dent study that needed to go on his tran­script and we just need to put it in the pol­icy that as long as it’s cor­rectly done that we’ll ac­cept it,” Al­phin said.

While the Strong-Hut­tig Par­ent Teacher Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PTO) isn’t “part of the district fi­nan­cially or ad­min­is­tra­tively,” Al­phin said the district should adopt a pol­icy to en­sure proper pro­to­col.

“We pulled a handout off the na­tional PTO web­site and this is it with Strong-Hut­tig put in the cor­rect places. Then we’re go­ing to pass that on to the PTO. There’s no obli­ga­tion to the district, but it is mak­ing sure that the district is not put in a bind ei­ther,” he said.

Board mem­bers also ap­proved three stu­dent trans­fers to the Smackover-Nor­phlet School District.

The Strong-Hut­tig School District’s next meet­ing is sched­uled at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Strong High School li­brary.

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