Gravette Teachers of the Year Honored at Special Board Meeting


GRAVETTE – Gravette Public Schools Teachers of the Year were honored at a special school board meeting on Monday evening, May 2. The honored teachers were Mariana Blessing, Gravette High School, GHS Spanish/ESL teacher; Brad Leach, Gravette Middle School, middle school science teacher; Steven Smith, Gravette Upper Elementary, GUE music and orchestra teacher; and Serena Scheele, Glenn Duffy Elementary, GDE special education teacher. Each teacher received a certificate and a Bundt cake.

Mariana Blessing and Serena Scheele were the only two teachers present at the meeting. Maribel Childress, Superintendent of Schools, announced that Mariana Blessing was also chosen as District Teacher of the Year.

Board members met in executive session at 6:09 p.m. to discuss employment and resignations. When they returned to open session at 7:28 p.m., they voted to accept the salary grid as presented for the 2022-2023 school year. Jay Oliphant cast the only “no” vote, saying he was opposed because he wanted to give higher raises. Members also voted to accept the classified salary grid as presented for the 2022-2023 school year.

Members voted unanimously to approve the trip of 15 students to attend the Transition Success Retreat at the Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock.

The teaching and supervision missions for the 2022-2023 school year have been unanimously approved. Also approved were the voluntary transfer of Michael Kelly from primary computer technology to secondary computer technology and the transfer of Scott Bolduc to the main maintenance technology pay scale.

In other business, board members voted to hire Cary Stamps as a business/career teacher at Gravette Middle School, Bambi Hall as a first-grade teacher at Glenn Duffy and Stormy Elementary School. Pruitt as a shared teacher in grades one and two at Glenn Duffy Elementary School.

The meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m.

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