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"We will be a school/district with an unrelenting focus on learning. All students are expected to succeed; failure is not an option."
The Ashdown Board of Education, at their February 8, 2016 meeting, approved a recommendation to submit an Application for a Permit to Issue Bonds, plus related documents, for $12,300,000.00 in construction bonds to the State Department of Education and to employ First Security Beardsley Public Finance as fiscal agent.
The board is planning a 2016 Special Election for May 10, 2016. The district is requesting a 3.9 new debt service mills through 2046. The new total millage will be 39.6 mills. The existing 10.7 mills are being requested to be extended through 2046, which is 8 years beyond the current commitment.
The bond proceeds will be used for constructing and equipping a new elementary school, renovating the Margaret Daniel Elementary School, renovating the Ashdown Junior High School; and constructing, refurbishing, remodeling and equipping other school facilities. The board has also chosen to include 9/10 of a mill to fund teacher and staff pay raises in the 2% to 3% range. The district feels this is important for the recruitment and retention of staff.
This is a great opportunity to improve the Ashdown School District facilities and to be able to recruit and retain quality employees. This millage proposal is 100% academic and will help us create an excellent environment that will help our children for years to come.
The district will release more detailed information in an upcoming public meeting in April. Any groups, civic organizations or churches interested in meeting with Mr. Sanders about this project can contact him at 870-898-3208.
February 5 Indoor State Meet @ Fayetteville
March 1 Jr. Panther/Domtar Relays
March 3 Leopard Relays (DeQueen)
March 7 7th & 8th Grade Boys @ DeQueen
March 7 7th & 8th Grade Girls @ Texarkana
March 8 Jr. Cubs Relays @ DeQueen
March 10 Wolves Relays @ Prescott
March 14 7th & 8th Grade Boys @ Prescott
March 14 7th & 8th Grade Girls @ Nashville
March 15 Jr. Cubs Relays @ Prescott
March 17 Panther/Domtar Relays
March 29 Jr. Dragons Relays @ Genoa Central
March 31 Merchants Relays @ Prescott
April 4 7th & 8th Grade Boys @ Texarkana
April 4 7th & 8th Grade Girls @ Ashdown
April 5 Jr. Scrappers Relays @ Nashville
April 7 Scrapper Relays @ Nashville
April 12 Jr. Merchants Relays @ Ashdown
April 15 Wolves Relays @ Lake Hamilton
April 19 Coca-Cola Relays @ Nashville
April 21 7-4A Jr. District Relays @ Ashdown
April 22 Doc Walker Relays @ Texarkana
April 28 7-4A Sr. District Relays @ Ashdown
May 3 4A State Meet @ Nashville
May 14 Meet of Champs @ Russellville
May 18 Decathlon @ Cabot
May 29 Heptathlon @ Cabot
2016 Ashdown Panther Baseball
February 23 Horatio (Benefit) V Home 5:00
February 29 Crossett V SAU 5:00
March 1 Magnolia V/JV Away 4:30
March 3-5 Dugan Ward Mem V Home TBA
March 3-5 LE Tournament JV Away TBA
March 7 Arkansas High V/JV Home 5:00
March 8 Pleasant Grove V Away 6:00
March 10-12 Horatio State Bank V Away TBA
March 10-12 Texas High Tournament JV Away TBA
March 14 Genoa V/JV Home 5:00
March 15 Nevada JV Home 5:00
March 17 Morrilton V HSU 5:00
March 19 Genoa V Away 11:00 a.m.
March 22 Horatio V Away 6:00
March 23 Pleasant Grove JV DH Home 4:00
March 24 Murfreesboro V/JV Home 4:00
March 31 Hamburg V SAU 5:00
April 1 Mena V/JV Home 5:00
April 4 Bauxite V/JV Away 4:30
April 7 Arkansas High V/JV Away 5:00
April 8 Malvern V/JV Away 4:30
April 9 North Webster JV DH Home 11:00 a.m.
April 11 Nashville V/JV Home 5:00
April 15 Arkadelphia V/JV Away 4:30
April 18 Waldron V/JV Away 4:30
April 19 Maud V/JV Away 4:30
April 22 Fountain Lake V/JV Home 4:30
April 29-May2 District Tournament V Bauxite TBA
May 6,7,9 Regional Tournament V TBA TBA
May 12,13,14 State Tournament V TBA TBA
May 20-21 Finals V Fayetteville TBA
Ashdown Public Schools will now be using the Rave Panic Button System along with approximately 1000 public schools in the state of Arkansas as part of 2015 School Safety Act. The panic buttons will allow emergency personnel to respond quickly to situations such as active shooter, medical, or any on-site disruption.
The Rave Panic Button (downloaded on smartphones as an app) has five buttons, which faculty and staff can activate by selecting the type of emergency needed: active shooter, medial emergency, fire, or on-site disruption. By pushing a button, staff will be connected to 9-1-1 immediately and also notifies on-site personnel of the location and type of emergency.
The technology will automatically send 9-1-1 and emergency personnel data such as the caller’s exact location, floor plans, emergency exit locations, and emergency contacts.
Jason Sanders, Ashdown Superintendent said, “I would like to thank the Governor and our Legislature for enacting this initiative. We feel that the Rave System will help provide an additional level of safety to Ashdown Schools. Even though our focus is on educating children, our ultimate responsibility is to ensure the safety of each child.”