There will be a lot of familiar faces in the Vilonia School District next year, including at the primary school where assistant principal Susan Loyd will step up as principal.

The Vilonia Board of Education Monday night named Loyd as the replacement for principal Brian Ratliff. It was announced last month that Ratliff would be resigning in June to serve as director of children’s ministries at Antioch Baptist Church in Conway, where he has attended services for 35 years. Loyd, who has served in the assistant principal/curriculum specialist, at the school for the past three years, was not in attendance at the meeting. However, Ratliff believes his successor is the best candidate.

“She will make a great principal,” Ratliff said, commenting on the hiring decision. “Ideally, the principal needs to be an instructional leader. What she has been doing for the past three years has prepared her to do just that.”

Also, Gary Lambert, assistant superintendent, who was present, said he believes Loyd will be effective.

“She will do great,” he offered. There was no mention of a replacement for Loyd.

The board  meeting began at about 6:30 p.m. and completed about four hours later with the hiring of personnel for the 2010-2011 year. More than 200 names were on the list of certified personnel hired. In addition, Daniel Childress was hired as a high school social studies teacher and assistant football coach for the year.

The board also accepted the resignations of the following employees: Paula Fulmer, Cindy Fryer, Karen Murdock Graham, Debra Johnson, Joan White and Candace Stracener effective June 30 as well as Wendi Marshall effective Feb. 26.

Other business:

• An executive session resulted in the announcement that one student would be expelled for the remainder of the year.

• The board approved the Vilonia Ministerial Alliance holding baccalaureate services at the high school gymnasium at 8 p.m. on May 9, as well as hosting the senior breakfast. A date was not announced on the breakfast.

• Approved the refunding of the 2004 bond issue, under the direction of Stephens Inc.,  with the understanding the district is not under any obligation to accept the bids. Dr. Frank Mitchell, school district superintendent, said based on this week’s figures it could result in a potential savings of about $375,000 over the life of the issue. He said he had taken into consideration how it could affect a bond issue and is confident there would be no major impact should the district have to ask for a millage increase. Also, he said, there would be no time limit on the bonds. Stipulations, he said, also  limit the funding to be used for academic facilities and academic equipment.

• Approved the school calendar.

• Discussed the audit report, which included one finding involving internal controls. Mitchell said it involved the number of personnel involved in segregating the duties. The rest of the audit, he said, was favorable.

• Approved the purchase of high school football uniforms for $11,812 and seventh-grade football uniforms for $4,511.65 from North Arkansas Athletics.

• Approved the purchase of seven Smart Boards from Video Reality for $30,230.06 using special education stimulus money.

• Approved the purchase of 60 notebook computers from CompuCycle for $31,286.