Minority recruitment plan on BSD board agenda
The Benton School Board will discuss the annual Minority Teacher and Administrator Recruitment Plan required by the Arkansas Department of Education during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.
The plan is an ADE requirement that all school districts and charter schools who have more than a 5-percent Africanamerican or other minority student population must prepare. The plan must include the following:
•Place emphasis on recruitment of African-americans and other members of minorities for teacher and administrator positions and emphasis on encouraging minority students to pursue a career in education.
•Set forth a goal of developing equity in employee composition that reflects racial and ethnic diversity and is at least equal to the percentage of minorities of the district or charter school.
•Describe recruitment goals of minority teachers and administrators for the next school year and for the next ten school years.
•List steps taken and measures that will be used to meet recruitment goals including how minority students are encouraged to pursue a career in edu
•List progress made in recruiting minority teachers and administrators.
•Describe reasons for not meeting established recruitment goals, if needed.
•List the number and percentage of members of racial minorities who were employed as teachers or administrators in each of the last five years.
•List the racial composition of the student body and residents of the district or charter.
The recruitment plans are due by Oct. 15.
A number of Panther Pride awards will also be presented during the meeting. Olivia Jones will be recognized as a Nation Merit Commended student while Kirsten Garner and Bishop Butler will be recognized as Nation Merit Semifinalists. AP Scholars will also be honored. Jennifer White will be recognized for being named the 2019-20 Arkansas Energy Education Teacher of the Year. The Principals of all BSD schools will also be recognized as part of National Principals Month.
Other items on the agenda include:
•Annual resolution for Act 1120.
•A proposal to waive arena rental fees for the Everett Charity Dodgeball Tournament.
•Departmental reports. Prior to the beginning of the board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Larry Smith will present the annual report to the public.
The presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in the Professional Development Building, located at
211 North Border St. Following the presentation, the regularly scheduled school board meeting will be held.
The public is highly encouraged to attend both meetings.