Mountainburg school board members approved new personnel for hire during their July 15 meeting.

Four people were hired for the A Better Chance (ABC) School Program upon the contingency that the school receive program funding, which it did, said Superintendent Dennis Copeland.

Denieca Wewer was hired as an ABC pre-k second classroom teacher, Copeland said. Sarah Hatabaugh, Colleen Allen and Dawn Dyer were hired as para-professionals to work in the ABC program, he said.

Tandi Jones, previously a fourth grade teacher, was hired as a reading specialist, Copeland said. Linda Dillard will replace Jones as a fourth grade teacher, he said.

Danny Edwards was hired as a maintenance assistant, Copeland said. Martha Cochenour was re-approved as the internet safety officer, he said.

Board members also accepted the resignation of Brett Hazelrigs as the high school math teacher, Copeland said. He said school officials regret losing Hazelrigs, who is moving to Georgia.

Also during the July meeting, board members agreed to give all proceeds from vending soft drink sales to the athletic department, Copeland said.

Mountainburg Schools previously contracted Pepsi for its soft drinks, and company employees filled the machines for the school, Copeland said. Proceeds from soft drink sales were split between the athletic department, cheerleaders and band, he said.

Now that the schools switched to Coca-Cola the athletic director will be filling the machines for the schools, which is why school officials thought it fair to give the proceeds to that department, Copeland said.