Eureka Springs school board agrees to hire new teachers

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Eureka Springs School District will have a few new faces next year.

On Monday, May 10, the Eureka Springs School Board agreed to hire Michelle Boyd as the fifth- and sixth-grade literacy teacher, Alexis Newman as the music and choir teacher and John Paul Dean as the band director. Newman and Dean are replacing longtime teachers Donesa Mann and Barry Milner.

Bryan Pruitt

“We’re excited about them. We think they’re going to do a great job, and we’ll be happy to get them in and started this fall,” said superintendent Bryan Pruitt.

Pruitt gave more updates on the district, saying summer school will take place from June 2-25.

There will be two bus routes, Pruitt said, and the district will provide breakfast and lunch to all summer school students. Pruitt said he expects 75-100 students to enroll in summer school and encouraged parents who would like to enroll their child to call the building principal.

“Usually we don’t run buses or anything,” Pruitt said. “This year, the government is paying for the meals and the USDA is approved to feed our kids the whole next academic year. Next year, all kids will eat free.”

Pruitt said the Eureka Springs Community Center will offer an after-school program from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Cat Luna, community center activities director, said there will be 12 sessions and it will cost $6 per day for members and $10 per day for non-members. He’s looking forward to offering summer school, Pruitt said.

“Hopefully we’ll get some good credit recovery from being in a COVID year,” Pruitt said. “It just gives us an opportunity to catch up.”

Pruitt said the school has several upcoming events, including high school graduation on Saturday, May 22, and kindergarten graduation on Thursday, May 27. Other events include the third-grade musical on May 25, preschool graduation on May 26, eighth-grade graduation on May 27 and fourth-grade graduation on May 28.

“Now that we’ve finished up our testing, it’s field trips and graduations and performances until we finish up,” Pruitt said. “We’ve got three weeks of school left, so it’s coming down to an end.”

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