In a brief one hour session, the Helena-West Helena School Board approved therapy service contracts, food service contracts, and a partnership with the Arkansas Museum of Discovery for STEM programming at Central High School

In unanimous votes, the board approved Superintendent John Hoy’s recommendation from Director of Special Education Krista Fortenberry to approve a contract for occupational therapy from Margaret M. Bryan, speech therapy from Brooke Barnes, and for psychological examinations from Gracie Gonner.  All of these contracts are identical to the ones in place during the preceding school year.

The partnership with the Museum of Discovery, which is an agency funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will allow the school district to provide additional professional development for STEM teachers, kits for teachers to develop hands-on science and technology lessons, and for an annual interactive science exhibit within the school district.

Bagley said, “This is just another exciting partnership that shows our continuing focus on putting kids first in this school district.  I especially want to thank Principal Earnest Simpson and School Improvement Specialist Adrian Watkins for their hard work to bring this service to our school district which will benefit our children.”

In the food services department, Hoy recommended the board approve the recommendation from Director of Food Service Shirley Banks to award the milk bid to Lake Distributors, the bread bid to Bimbo Bakeries, and the food bid to Ben E. Keith.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of textbooks for the career education classes and voted to hire several teachers.