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Gravette Teachers of the Year honored at special board meeting

by Susan Holland | May 10, 2022 at 11:28 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Maribel Childress (center), superintendent of Gravette schools, poses with Mariana Blessing. Gravette High School Teacher of the Year, and Serena Scheele, Glenn Duffy Elementary Teacher of the Year, after presenting their certificates at a special board meeting Monday evening, May 2. Childress announced that Mariana Blessing has also been named District Teacher of the Year. Brad Leach, Gravette Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Steven Smith, Gravette Upper Elementary Teacher of the Year, were unable to attend the meeting.

GRAVETTE -- Teachers of the Year for Gravette Public Schools were honored at a special school board meeting Monday evening, May 2. The teachers honored were Mariana Blessing, Gravette High School, GHS Spanish/ESL teacher; Brad Leach, Gravette Middle School, middle school science teacher; Steven Smith, Gravette Upper Elementary, GUE music and band teacher; and Serena Scheele, Glenn Duffy Elementary, GDE special education teacher. Each teacher was presented a certificate and a Bundt cake.

Mariana Blessing and Serena Scheele were the only two teachers present at the meeting. Maribel Childress, superintendent of schools, announced that Mariana Blessing has also been chosen as the district teacher of the year.

Board members entered into an executive session at 6:09 p.m. to discuss employment and resignations. When they returned to open session at 7:28 p.m., they voted to accept the salary schedule as presented for the 2022-2023 school year. Jay Oliphant cast the lone "no" vote, saying he was opposed because he wanted to give higher raises. Members also voted to accept the classified salary schedule as presented for the 2022-2023 school year.

Members voted unanimously to approve travel for 15 students to attend the Transition Success Retreat at the Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock.

Teaching and coaching assignments for the 2022-2023 school year were approved in a unanimous vote. Also approved were the voluntary transfer of Michael Kelly from elementary computer tech to high school computer tech and the transfer of Scott Bolduc to the lead maintenance tech salary schedule.

In other business, board members voted to hire Cary Stamps as a business/career teacher at the Gravette Middle School, Bambi Hall as a first-grade teacher at Glenn Duffy Elementary School and Stormy Pruitt as a first- and second-grade split teacher at Glenn Duffy Elementary School.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:51 p.m.

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