The Helena-West Helena School Board met Friday for hearings that involved six student recommendations for Alternative Learning Environment, five of which were approved. 

 

The Helena-West Helena School Board met Friday for hearings that involved six student recommendations for Alternative Learning Environment, five of which were approved. 
One hearing was approved for re-trial. The committee requested that the case to be presented be assessed further.
Attorney James Valley spoke on behalf of these expelled students, stating that each student has spent several weeks out of school, and “encouraged urgency on the matters at hand.” 
The School Board also presented a monthly fiscal report and Superintendant Willie Williams explained that his staff is working diligently to provide the proper materials requested to the state Department of Education. 
The school board announced that they would be celebrating the welcome of the new members of administration on Jan. 26, “to help introduce them to members of the community, as well as to the board,” Williams said.
Williams reported that a strategic plan is in the works to decide on what procedures will have to be taken to eliminate some of the costs. 
“However, nothing will not be released to the public until Phase 1 has been thoroughly examined,” said Williams.  
Williams stressed that some changes will have to be made, starting with an open and more transparent form of the school board system, as well as gaining the cooperation from members of the extended community. 
“We can only hope that we can receive the support from different business leaders, and members of our community to better our district, as we ask them to be patient,” Williams commented.