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Batesville School Board recognized for service

The Batesville School District is joining districts across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month in January. More than 1,500 Arkansas school board members are being honored for their service and dedication to public education.

“Our board members assume a crucial role in representing our students and advocating for public education and putting the Batesville ‘Students First’ in all that we do,” noted Dr. Michael Hester, BSD superintendent, in a release. “We are very proud of our members, and Arkansas School Board Recognition Month is a great time to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments.”

The members serving on the Batesville School Board are: Dr. Scott Fredricks (at large), president; George Latus, (District 5), vice president; Heather Fulbright (District 3), treasurer; Danielle Brown (at large); Josh Swinea (District 4); Kathy West (District 2); and Chris Milum (District 1).

The board will be honored by a public recognition at the Jan. 16 board meeting, and each school will prepare a care package for each member with items of appreciation and gratitude for their hundreds of voluntary hours and public service.  

As publicly elected school leaders, Arkansas school board members set policy for their respective districts. Under state law, they are empowered to hire and evaluate the superintendent, oversee district finances, approve the budget, and determine the vision and mission of the district. School boards must also approve the curriculum and ensure the district maintains adequate facilities for teaching and learning.

In addition to their board duties, state law requires Arkansas school board members to earn a minimum of six hours of professional development each year in areas related to their role and responsibilities.

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