Board member Jamie Hammond was recognized at Tuesday night’s Van Buren School District Board of Education meeting for not missing a meeting in his nine years of the board.

Superintendent Dr. Harold Jeffcoat noted Hammond, who is a master board member, attended 146 consecutive board meetings over the nine years.

Hammond resigned his board position at the end of the meeting after being selected as the new police chief for Van Buren. Hammond, who was sworn in Friday, replaces retiring Chief Kenneth Bell.

“I have enjoyed my time on the board,” Hammond said. “I am working forward to my new venture.”

Hammond, who also was the school board’s dispersing officer, will be replaced by board member J.R. McPhate.

Jeffcoat told the board the district is working with MAGH Architects to select a construction manager for the district’s new elementary school on Northridge Drive. The selection is expected to take a month-and-a-half, he said.

The Van Buren School District announced in early June that Dr. William and Sharlene Gaither of Richardson, Texas, had donated 11 acres on Northridge Drive. The district is purchasing an additional 10 acres from North Park Baptist Church.

The board voted Tuesday to designate Jeffcoat to represent the district as the agent of record at the closing on the 10 acres.

“The addition of this campus will help accommodate the steady population growth in that part of the city,” Jeffcoat said.

The board voted to transfer Karen Allen from director of personnel and federal/state programs to assistant superintendent. At a June 13 meeting, the board transferred Assistant Superintendent Brian Summerhill to deputy superintendent.

Board members approved the employment of Emily Benoit as speech language pathologist at Central Elementary School, Patricia Doherty as classroom teacher at King Elementary School, Kyle Fowler as classroom teacher and head football coach at Butterfield Trail Middle School, Briana Robertson as classroom teacher at Central Elementary School, Kennard Lombard as migrant aide and Tiffany Parks as preschool aide at Tate Elementary School.

The board approved the resignation of Lacey Thomas as classroom teacher at King Elementary, Maegan White as classroom teacher at Central Elementary and Judy Hollan as lead custodian at Izard Center for Learning.