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Elementary student expelled for threats

A Lonoke Elementary School student was expelled following a special school board meeting on Monday night.

During the meeting, school board members unanimously voted to expel the males elementary student in question. He was recommended for expulsion for violation of Rule No. 20; threats, which happened during the last week of school prior to the Christmas break. He and his mother were present for the meeting. The student will not be allowed to return to school until April 1, when his expulsion time is up.

In other business, the board unanimously voted to accept the resignation of preschool paraprofessional Lucia Mendoza, who, in a letter of resignation, gave two weeks notice. The board also by unanimous vote hired Angela Armstrong as a school nurse. Armstrong will begin her on Jan. 13.

Tony Kelleybrew and Mike Brown were absent from the meeting.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting on Jan. 20 has been rescheduled due to the observance of Martin Luther King Day. It will begin 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27. There will be a reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. prior to the meeting, honoring all past and present board members, and specifically recognizing Rick Pennington for his 21 years of service to the district.

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