The Conway School District's Board of Education will soon meet to focus on the reason for its existence -- the students.

In a regular meeting at 6 p.m. today, the board will recognize academic and athletic achievements gained by students during the 2008-09 school year.

According to superintendent Greg Murry, the list of recognitions is a long one.

From the science fair to art competitions to successes on the field and the court, Murry said one of the main points of the meeting is to highlight the students' hard work.

"We're highlighting a graduating class of 160 preschool students who will be joining our district in the fall, we have a second place rating on the National Spanish Exam, a first place in precalculus and just a variety of different talents to cover," Murry said Monday.

Although most of the teachers and parents in the district became aware of these achievements as they happened, Murry said he wants to personally share them with the board.

"The purpose of school is for students and for leading them to the highest level we can," Murry said. "It's important for the board to see the end results that these students have achieved, in the classroom and out of the classroom. In many ways, this brings us back to focus on why we're here."

The school district will also focus on planning for future success while discussing bids to install turf on the high school football field.

According to Murry, the project was approved at the May meeting, but bids will be presented to the board today to purchase the actual turf.

"If you drive by the high school, you will not see any grass, its all dirt and it's being prepared for the turf," Murry said. "After this bid is approved, we can go forward with actually putting the turf down."

The following items are also listed on the board's agenda:

* Recognition of Duke TIP students.

* Consider approval of changes to certified, classified and student policies.

* Study the elementary handbook.

* Discuss the financial report.

* Consider approval of the bills paid in May.

According to the agenda, the board will consider the following employee resignations during an executive session:

* Mickey Silver, principal at Conway High School East.

* Sandy Clark, teacher at Carl Stuart Middle School.

* Betty Lockhart, teacher at Ruth Doyle Intermediate School.

* Leigh Ann Wells, teacher at Julia Lee Moore Elementary School.

* Diane Smith, teacher at Conway High School West.

* James Owen, teacher at Conway High School West.

* Virginia Weaver, food service.

* Carolyn Bridgman, food service.

* Patricia Bowers, bus driver.

* Houston McCray, custodian.

During the executive session, the board will also consider a non-renewal for Ivona Jackson, teacher, and the re-election of Sherry Edwards, secretary at Theodore Jones Elementary School, and Christina Massingill, art teacher.

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