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BNPD kicks off school year with nifty, new car

BNPD kicks off school year with nifty, new car

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – As the new school year begins, the Benton Police Department (BNPD) is trying something new to gain a good relationship with students.

The police department recently introduced an additional school resource officer, Bobby Shell. BNPD said Shell has been in law enforcement for 15 years, has 1,500 hours of certified training, and experience in various different departments over the years.

In addition, a new, not so traditional school resource officer vehicle has been introduced.

“The new school resource officer vehicle is a Chevrolet Corvette that was an asset forfeiture provided courtesy of your local drug dealer,” said a spokesperson for the department.  “A sports car was chosen due to the unique nature of it not being a traditional police vehicle, which allows for rapport building between officers and students. “

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

Bryant names new school superintendent

Bryant names new school superintendent

BRYANT, Ark. (BRYANT SCHOOL DISTRICT) - On Thursday, the Bryant School Board named Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell as its new superintendent of schools, effective July 1. Dr. Kimbrell has more than 30 years of experience in public education to Bryant and currently serves as the Arkansas Commissioner of Education, and was previously superintendent of the Paragould and North Little Rock school districts.

"We want to thank Dr. Fred G. Dawson for his leadership during this time of transition," said Rhonda Sanders, board president. "And we are thrilled to have Dr. Kimbrell join the district. His strengths in school finance, curriculum and instruction will be especially beneficial."

"The district's reputation for staff and student performance, and for community involvement, is well known and respected," Kimbrell said. "I look forward to this opportunity and am excited about where we can take the district."

Community Institutions team up to create innovative experiential learning program

Community Institutions team up to create innovative experiential learning program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 22, 2014) – Exalt Education, a Little Rock non-profit organization, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, launched on Tuesday an innovative learning program called the Learning Pass.

The Learning Pass initiative will turn the entire city into a classroom by providing middle school students with hands-on, daily, experiential, learning opportunities throughout the community. Four students from the Clinton School of Public Service have established partnerships with more than 15 community institutions to make this unique program possible.

Home School Program at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Home School Program at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd- 6th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. The topic for this week will be astronomy.

Pre-registration is required.  20 students will be the maximum for a class. 

To register, please call Maryanne Stansbury at (501) 367-0408- leave a message and you will be added on.  A confirmation return call will secure your spot.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.