Green Forest schools plan 'Super Week' in July

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Green Forest School District will honor its senior class and retiring employees with a series of events over the course of a single week next month, the district’s board of directors decided at a special meeting Monday, June 1.

“Super Week” will begin with the baccalaureate ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19, in the Grim Gym. The retirement reception will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 in the Alumni Center. Prom will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 24, at an unannounced location. The annual senior breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at Cattleman’s Restaurant, followed by the senior parade. Graduation practice will be held at 12:30 p.m. that day, then graduation will be at 8 p.m. at the football stadium. In the event of rain, graduation will be held inside the Grim Gym.

Green Forest superintendent Matt Summers said the details depend on what state and federal guidelines will allow.

“The senior parade will start at the Grim Gym area on Ratzlaff, head north and circle the square but will not block Highway 62 traffic,” Summers said. “Then it will exit the square on Second Street and head south on Springfield back to the school.”

Summers said graduating high school is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and it’s important to recognize this year’s seniors.

“It’s a neat little tradition we’ve had, and we hope it will be a big turnout for these seniors,” Summers said. “It’s a small-town tradition that brings everybody together to celebrate our kids.”

Summers said the school does not yet know what state and federal rules it will have to follow, but it will make adjustments or cancel some events if necessary.

“We want to get those dates out there and have people planning,” Summers said. “We want to take care of our kids and honor them the best way we possibly can.”

Also at the meeting, the board voted to change summer school dates for high school students. Summer school began Monday, June 8, and will conclude July 3.

The board voted to lease a trailer off of Ninth Street for three years. It has two classrooms and will hold middle school and high school reading and middle school and high school dyslexia classes.

The board also voted hold an auction this summer for unused equipment. Summers said a date will be announced soon.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the resignations of intermediate special education teacher Ronnie Schlinker and career college counselor Ruth Schlinker.

The board approved the transfers of Shilo Evans to 6-12 reading, Amy Tegley to high school secretary, Charlsie Polk to careers teacher, Sarah Taylor to CTE keyboarding, Susie DeLozier to middle school secretary, Devon Williams to K-5 physical education and Lauren Cockrell to fourth grade.

The board approved the hiring of Greg Tibbitt as head football coach and athletic director, Audrey Munoz as 6-12 dyslexia teacher, Adam Richter as high school history teacher and Blaine Lawrence as high school history teacher.

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