At a special board meeting last Wednesday, the Eureka Springs School District approved the hire of David Morrell as Skills teacher, to replace Mike Bonds, who passed away suddenly.
Morrell is a local craftsman who graduated from Eureka Springs High School. He was in the VICA class under former long-time Skills teacher Larry Wicker and was the president of VICA while he was in school.
He has owned his own cabinet business for 13 years and worked as a carpenter for 10 years prior to that.
Morrell is enrolled in a state training program to receive a provisional teaching license, and upon completion he will receive a five-year teaching license.
The board also approved a list of stipends for the coming year, pending some additions of names.
Stipends range from $300 to $5,000. A $5,000 stipend will go to high school principal Kathryn Lavender as the Federal ACSIP coordinator and another to ABC lead teacher Kristy Dycus. ABC (Arkansas Better Chance) is an early childhood program to serve "educationally deprived" children up to five years old, with criteria as defined by the government.
School district treasurer Pam McGarrah will also receive a $3,000 stipend for accounting for this program, and Meleia Saab will receive $3,000 as its coordinator. Other stipends are also associated with the program.
Three stipends were unassigned as of the meeting: softball and two track scorers.
The board also approved a list of substitute teachers. They are Flo Beaver, Richard Griffith, Sonya Long, James Murphy, Candace Spaulding, Ann Waits, Lisa Ray, Emily Nelson and Ellen Foncannon.