Tackett is new principal at GFMS

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

By Haley Schichtl


Green Forest school board promoted Keri Tackett to the position of principal at Green Forest Middle School at its meeting Monday, Sept. 30.

Tackett had been the elementary instructional facilitator, which involved working with teachers and helping them with new curricula in their classrooms.

Now she is working with an older set of students and is more in charge of making sure students are following the rules than helping with the curriculum.

ďI was really excited about the transition, because getting to grow as a professional is important to me, and I felt like this was the next step in that,Ē Tackett said. ďI want all students to be lifelong learners, and I feel like in order to do that we need to be lifelong learners ourselves.Ē

Tackett worked as a stay-at-home-mom before deciding to get her bachelorís and masterís degrees from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She was in her third year as the instructional facilitator and eighth year in the district.ďI hadnít had a lot of contact with the middle school so that was exciting for me to move up and see what some of the kids that I had in elementary are doing now,Ē Tackett said.

Also at the meeting, the board agreed to hire a new middle school English language arts teacher, Amber Harness, to replace Vanessa Humbard, and accepted the resignation of cafeteria worker Tammy Long.

The board also discussed the annual report to the public which includes allocations, enrollment and ACT scores.

Allocations for Title 1, which includes classroom technology, supplemental materials and supplies, parental and family engagement, after-school tutors, professional development and McKinney-Vento Act, are $354,367.60. Allocations for Title VIB-Special Education, which covers special education paraprofessionals and purchased service speech services, are $283,880.76. Allocations for ELL are $168,015.00. Allocations for ESA are $1,160,304.00.

The enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is up to 1,378 students from 2015-2016ís 1,200.

The average ACT score for English at Green Forest in 2019 was 18.6 compared with the state average of 17.9. In math, Green Forestís average was 19.5 compared with the state average of 17.9. In reading, Green Forestís average was 19.9 compared with the state average of 18.9. In science, Green Forest made an average of 19.8 and the state average was 18.6. In composite, Green Forestís average was 19.6 and the state average was 18.5. The scores are up from 2015, when most of Green Forestís scores were below the state average.

Green Forest school boardís next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14.

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