Four local schools were congratulated at Tuesday night’s Van Buren School District board meeting after being recognized by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas.

City Heights Elementary School, Northridge and Butterfield Trail middle schools and Freshman Academy are schools where students demonstrated high growth on both state and regional levels, according to Superintendent Dr. Harold Jeffcoat.

Awards were based on the 2017 content growth score calculated by the Arkansas Department of Education, Jeffcoat said.

On the elementary level, City Heights was recognized for statewide high overall growth and high math growth and Northwest region high overall growth.

Northridge received an award for high math growth for the Northwest region. Butterfield was recognized for high math growth on both state and regional levels.

On the high school level, Freshman Academy was honored for high overall growth and high English, language and arts growth on state and region levels.

“We congratulate you on these accomplishments and hope that you share the good news with teachers, students and others who contributed to the schools’ success,” said Dr. Sarah McKenize, executive director of the OEP.

The growth scores reflect how much students at the schools improved from 2016, compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievements, said Dr. Gary Ritter, OEP facility director.

City Heights principal Mary McCutchen credited the entire staff for the school’s success.

“Everybody has to do their job to be successful while focusing on a positive culture,” McCutchen said.

CHE also received $37,250.64 from the state for the school’s growth. McCutchen said the money will be used to purchase materials and supplies.

Northridge principal Lonnie Mitchell said NMS’s success was the result of a team effort.

The 2018-19 entertainment season for the Fine Arts Center was announced by Dustin McRoberts, the newly hired FAC director.

Guy Penrod will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 4, Dallas Children’s Theater will present Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly at 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Flor de Toloache will be at the FAC at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and Angelina will perform at 7 p.m. March 12, 2019.

Tickets will go on sale July 1.

Jeffcoat told the board a committee has been selected to recommend a name for the district’s new elementary school to be constructed on Northridge Drive.

The recommendation is expected to be submitted to the board at its next meeting, he said.

The board also:

• Hired Jennifer Broniste as a special education resource teacher at Freshman Academy, Freddie Burton as assistant football coach at Freshman Academy and assistant wrestling coach at the high school, Tela Silmon as teacher at Parkview Elementary, Audra Titsworth as special education teacher at Butterfield Trail and Northridge Middle schools, Amra Trevino as classroom teacher at Rena Elementary, Cynthia Whitson as speech therapist, Stacy Young as special education teacher, Tabitha Potts as special education aide technician at Northridge, Brenda Taylor as lead teacher for the Migrant Summer Program and Emily Albertson, Rebecca Carlson, Carlos Ceron, Susan Hicks, Stacey Little, Amy Myers and Tia Smith as Migrant Summer Program teachers.

Approved the resignation of Jessica Betterton as teacher at Van Buren High School, Michael Bowman as teacher and head football coach at Northridge and assistant girls soccer coach at VBHS, Courtney Cochran as teacher at VBHS, Ronnette Haynes as teacher at Rena, Steve Martin as teacher at Northridge, Gary Plymale, Karen Beckner, Brian Garner, Jennifer Swaim and Laura Tucker as teachers at Izard Center for Learning, Rebecca Madden as teacher’s aide at Central, Billy Mack Smith as ISS paraprofessional at Northridge and David Stogsdill as lead custodian at Butterfield.

Hired Michelle Bobbitt as literacy intervention paraprofessional at the Freshman Academy, Sherri Carter as ISS supervisor at Northridge, Kim Cristee as teacher’s aide at Central Elementary, Cristina Cazzell as office aide at King, Brian Dodson as bus aide, Annette Bader, Carlos Ceron and Pam Norried as bus drivers, Denise McGrath as cafeteria manager for the summer feeding program, Racheal Bull, Susan Cathey, Sonia Quinteros, Kathy Reynolds, Gavin Stewart, Andrea Turner and Hannah Wolf as cooks for the summer feeding program and Beverly Yepez as cook and cafeteria manager for the summer feeding program.

Hired Betty Beckham, Cheryl Brown, Paul Burns, Felecia Cooper, Teresa Leonard, Paul Mason, Coleen McBride, Craig McBride, Billy Milam, Saul Orellana, Van Peters, Ava Pitchford, Charles Reneau, David Sexton and Austin Waldrop as summer custodians and Bounhong Douangmala, Gilbert Hernandez and Magdalena Palacios as paraprofessionals for the migrant summer program.

Approved the transfer of Dustin McRoberts to Fine Arts Center director from FAC technician.