Mi­nor­ity re­cruit­ment plan on BSD board agenda

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­courier.com

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

cation.

•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.

•Per­son­nel rec­om­men­da­tions.

•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.

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