Arkadelphia News

Arkadelphia School Board OKs student expulsion

With a bare quorum present, the Arkadelphia Board of Education made quick work of a light, 10-minute meeting Tuesday


In setting the agenda for its next meeting, Superintendent Nikki Thomas said the school board will need to address the purchase of an access control system for the new Peake Elementary School campus. The addition of the security measure, she noted, is not covered in the overall project, which is contracted to Nabholz.

Administration will also have the annual budget prepared for the school board’s consideration by Friday, Sept. 15, ahead of the next meeting on Sept. 19, Thomas said. School board president Blake Bell sits on the district’s budget committee.

In an unrelated measure, the board gave unanimous 4-0 approval of a resolution authorizing administration to apply for the next cycle of state partnership funding for the construction of a new high school campus.

Finally, the board expelled a high school student enrolled in the Alternative Learning Environment for an act of terroristic threatening. The student reportedly made threats to shoot another. No hearing was requested. That student will be offered virtual educational services during the one-year expulsion.

With no personnel to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.