Eleven Van Buren School District teachers have achieved National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.

Recognized at Tuesday night’s board of education meeting were Brandi Deffenbaugh of City Heights Elementary School, Drew Deffenbaugh and Crystal Reeves, both of Northridge Middle School, Hillary Elliott, Amanda Goodman and Kelly Henson, all of Rena Elementary School, Kristie Mendez, Carrie Pottorff and Tia Smith, all of Central Elementary School, Jennifer Prado of Van Buren High School and Megan Reese of Butterfield Trail Middle School.

Superintendent Dr. Harold Jeffcoat aid the district now has 46 teachers with the national board certification.

“We are proud of these teachers who have worked so hard to enhance the quality of instruction in the Van Buren School District,” Jeffcoat said.

National board certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

Jeffcoat and school board president Candice Settle-Beshears presented the 11 teachers with plaques to hang on their classroom doors to note the national board certification.

The winner and runner-up of the Crawford County Spelling Bee on Jan. 27 at the Fine Arts Center also were recognized at Tuesday’s meeting.

Isabel Hernandez of Butterfield Trail Middle School was the winner and will represent the county at the Arkansas Spelling Bee on March 10 in Conway. Christian Woodward of Northridge Middle School, last year’s winner, was runner-up.

Both Hernandez and Woodward received certificates.

The board also approved the 2018-19 school calendar.

The first day of school will be Aug. 15 with fall break Nov. 19-23, semester break Dec. 24-Jan. 4 and spring break March 18-22. Graduation is set for May 23 with the last day of school May 27.

• Extended the contract of Dr. Harold Jeffcoat, superintendent, until June 30, 2021.

• Approved a leave of absence for Parkview Elementary School teacher Sue Simmons.

• Accepted the resignation of Cindy Mizell, principal at Central Elementary School; Tom Watkins, director of the Fine Arts Center; Hope Barr, a teacher’s aide at Van Buren High School; and Kevin Peters and Greg Piercy, custodians at Butterfield Trail Middle School.

• Approved the employment of Darlene Crafts, preschool paraprofessional at King Elementary School; Tiffany Myers, bus driver; Timothy Russell, custodian at King Elementary; and Heather Sims, special education aide at Central Elementary.