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School board expels male CORE student

The Lonoke School Board met in a special meeting Monday night to address disciplinary issues with a student in the Committed to Other Routes of Education (CORE) program. The meeting was closed to the public.

By unanimous vote, the board voted to expel a male high school CORE student for the remainder of the school year. The student is from the Lonoke School District and enrolled in the CORE program.

During a special meeting on Dec. 2, 2013, the student in question was previously expelled for the remainder of the fall semester and until March 28, with conditions, for violation of Rule 32 — terroristic threatening. Since the conditions of the previous expulsion were not met, it was the recommendation of Lonoke Superintendent Suzanne Bailey that the student be expelled for the remainder of the school year.

The CORE program is an alternative learning environment available for a limited number of students in sixth through 12th grade from the Lonoke, Carlisle and Hazen school districts. For students who may not be successful in a general education setting, the program offers guidance counseling and academic support through action plans, placement teams, student expectations, exit requirements and smaller classroom settings.

In other business, the board unanimously voted to:

-Change the June Board meeting to Monday, June 23.

-Approve the paper bidding procedure and our subsequent purchase of copy paper for the 2014-15 school year from The Paper Corporation.

-Accept the resignation of Cy Mason as high school math teacher.

-Hire Renea Roberts as high school science teacher

-Hire Julie Stephens as high school math teacher.

Matt Boyles, Tony Kellybrew and Eddie Pennington were absent from the meeting. The next Lonoke School board meeting will be at 6 pm. on June 23 in the administration building.

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