A special meeting resulted in all of the seats being filled on the Vilonia Board of Education.
With very little discussion, the board launched into the business mode at about 6 p.m. Monday. Board member Mike West nominated Jake Turner to serve for a year, replacing Danny Lawrence for the remainder of his term. Lawrence resigned as school board president at the Aug. 9 meeting, citing personal reasons. He had served on the board for 23 years, 22 as president.
"He’s (Turner) expressed an interest to serve when a position come open, and I think he would be good," West said, adding that the 29-year-old has lived in the community his entire life. The nominations ceased with the one candidate. After a solidarity vote, West telephoned Turner with the news following the acceptance.
It was said that Turner is a VHS graduate and works at UAMS in Little Rock.
Vice-president Jerry Roberts will serve as the acting president until next year’s election. At that time, the board has the option to elect another president.
In other business, the board accepted the resignation of employee Sandra Davis, an aide, and approved extending Melissa McBee’s part-time position to a full-time position as a vocal music teacher.
During discussion, Dr. Frank Mitchell, district superintendent, told the board the beginning of the school year has gone well. He also said he is optimistic concerning this year’s enrollment numbers. However, he said he is hesitant to provide numbers during the first few weeks of school due to daily "comings and going" by students. Gary Lambert, assistant superintendent, said as of Monday afternoon the district had 3,057 students compared to 2,985 at the end of the year. If the numbers hold true, Mitchell said, the district will be back in the growth pattern it had been seeing prior to last year.