Cassidy Smith

Cassidy Smith of Central Elementary School is the Magnolia School District Teacher of the Year.

Cassidy Smith was recognized as Magnolia School District’s Teacher of the Year during Monday night’s regular board meeting.

Smith is a 2003 graduate of Spring Hill (AR) High School and a 2007 graduate of Southern Arkansas University. She received her Gifted and Talented (GATE) certification from University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2009. She has taught in the Magnolia School District for 11 years as the SAGE teacher and currently serves as the district's Gifted and Talented coordinator.

Smith will represent Magnolia teachers in the competition for state Teacher of the Year.

In other board news:

-- The board heard the school improvement plans for the district for the 2019-20 school year.

-- Superintendent John Ward said, “We finished the year really strong. Our principals and our teachers have worked extremely hard in really using data to drive instruction. What our teachers and principals are doing is exciting. They’re doing a phenomenal job. They’re using best practices that are going to give our kids the opportunity to achieve at the highest level.”

-- Board approved a furniture bid for the 9th Grade Academy from Moser for $165,127.89.

-- Board approved the audit report.

-- Board approved to renew the property insurance with a premium increase of $1,462 annually.

-- Board approved changes to the student discipline book.

-- There will be no July board meeting.

-- Ward said everything is moving along on construction. Contractors are finally getting some dirt work done on the performing arts center at Magnolia High. Exterior brick is being installed at the new 9th grade academy.

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