Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all the amazing educators out there! Thank you for your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to shaping the minds and futures of our youth. You are truly the unsung heroes of our society. #TeacherAppreciationWeek
12 months ago, ASBA
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
The afternoon at Joint Conference was also packed with great sessions, including a visit from Education Secretary Jacob Oliva. Robin Stripling presented "Inclusive Practices & Student Focus). Lake Hamilton Superintendent Shawn Higginbotham and Business Manager Kelli Golden discussed potential revenue losses for school districts and offered some guidance for managing those losses. Dr. Tony Prothro and Dr. Mike Hernandez concluded the program with insight into the Arkansas LEARNS Act and what districts need to keep on their radar.
12 months ago, ASBA
Jacob Oliva speaking to group
Robin Stripling presenting
Higginbotham & Golden presenting
Dr. Prothro and Dr. Hernandez
The partnership between AAEA & ASBA brought a large group of school board members and school administrators together both in-person and virtually for the 27th annual joint leadership conference. The sessions were relevant, timely, and informative! The morning sessions included highlights by Dan Jordan and Mike Mertens from the 2023 legislative session; a “hot topic” roundtable discussion with Dr. Bryan Duffie, Jeremy Lasiter, Dr. David Hopkins, and Stacy Smith; and the importance of reviewing data with the board by Tracy Streeter, Trey Tubbs and Lesley Nelms.
12 months ago, ASBA
Mike Mertens & Dan Jordan
large crowd of attendees
man and women sitting at table
men and women sitting at table
ASBA is blessed with the BEST administrative professionals!
12 months ago, ASBA
Angela at her desk
Kim sitting at her desk
ASBA Executive Board members William Campbell, Rosa Bowman, and Randy Hutchinson are meeting with Arkansas' U.S. Senators and Congressmen to advocate on behalf of school board members and students across our state.
12 months ago, ASBA
two men and woman in front of US capitol building
Mark your calendars, and don't miss any of our upcoming training opportunities! Visit our events page, https://www.arsba.org/events, for more information.
about 1 year ago, ASBA
upcoming events list
With great sorrow, we announce that the immediate former ASBA Executive Director, Dan Farley, passed away this morning at 73. He passed peacefully after a lengthy illness and a recent diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his sister, Carol Farley Helms of Morristown, TN, and a nephew, Jason Cutler of Coimbatore, India. He is preceded in death by his parents, W.A. “Sonny” and Modene Farley. Our Dan B. Farley Board Development Center, where we hold our board meetings in the ASBA building, was dedicated in his honor upon his retirement from the organization. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Ruebel Funeral Home, 6313 W. Markham St, Little Rock, 72205, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arkansas Foodbank at 4301 W. 65th Street, Little Rock, 72209, or Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families at 1400 W. Markham Street, Little Rock, 72201.
about 1 year ago, ASBA
Dan Farley Picture
Engaging School Law Seminar! During the afternoon we are heard “Tales from the Trenches” with in-district attorneys Jeremy Lassiter, Mary Claire Hyatt, Kendra Clay, Leila Seigrist, and moderated by Cody Kees and Jay Bequette.
about 1 year ago, ASBA
five attorneys sitting at table
group shot of participants
group shot of participants
Cody Kees talking to group
North Little Rock High School Jazz Band performing under the direction of Mr. Aidan Watson.
over 1 year ago, ASBA
jazz students playing
jazz students playing
jazz students playing
jazz students playing
Winners of ASBA's Student Speaker Contest presented their speeches during the conference. First place winner was Pryce Renfroe from Russellville High School, 2nd place was Ava Walker from Little Rock Central High School, and 3rd place was Sabian Murry from Bryant High School. Fourth place winner was Bennett Wilson from Bigelow High School.
over 1 year ago, ASBA
male student speaking
female student speaking
female student speaking
Benton High School Sophomore Ariel Bronson sang the National Anthem during the opening session. Ariel is a member of Una Voce at Wildwood, a youth community chorus at Wildwood Park for the Arts under the direction of Dr. Nick Farr.
over 1 year ago, ASBA
student singing
The North Little Rock ROTC, under the leadership of Sergeant Major Hunter presented the national color. The students were Battalion Commander Nijayla McCray, Command Sergeant Major Donald Hunter, Major Jacob Hale, and Major Ashley Ponce.
over 1 year ago, ASBA
ROTC students in uniform
Two School Board of Excellence Leadership Awards were given to schools who showcased best practices in organizational leadership. The North Little Rock School District was awarded the honor for districts with enrollment over 900, and Cross County School District won for districts with enrollment under 900.
over 1 year ago, ASBA
man and women holding trophy
group of men holding trophy
The McFatridge Award was given to honor Mickey McFatridge who passed away in 2022 and was one of our longtime partners who meant so much to ASBA. Mickey’s wife, Carolyn, accepted the award on behalf of the McFatridge family.
over 1 year ago, ASBA
man and woman holding trophy
Sandra Boone (Watson Chapel School Board) won the Dr. Daniel L. (Dr. Dan) Pilkinton award for making significant contributions to public schools
over 1 year ago, ASBA
woman in wheelchair holding award with family behind her
30-Year Member Service achievers were Dorothy Henderson (Ashdown School), Doris Parham (Bearden School), Johnny Lockley (DeWitt School), Jeffrey Richardson (Marion School), William Campbell (McGehee School), Guy Smith (Salem School), and Karen Daugherity (West Fork School).
over 1 year ago, ASBA
men and woman holding trophy
men and woman holding trophy
men holding trophy
men holding trophy
One member, Barbara Wells of the Blytheville School Board, has attained President’s status by accumulating at least 500 hours of continuing education.
over 1 year ago, ASBA
men and woman holding trophy
Five members attained Platinum status, which means each recipient has accumulated at least 400 hours of continuing education credit. The five are Tim Hudson (Fayetteville School Board), Maggie Ware (Hamburg School Board), Mark Curry (Lake Hamilton School Board), Judy Lattimore (McGehee School Board), and Elaine Sullivan (South Conway County School Board)
over 1 year ago, ASBA
men and woman holding trophy
men and woman holding trophy
men  holding trophy
men holding trophy
Eight members attained Pinnacle status by accumulating at least 200 hours of continuing education credit. Those members are Tobey Johnson (Blytheville School Board), Renee Skinner (El Dorado School Board), Dana Greeson (Fountain Lake School Board), Jim Moore (Jacksonville North Pulaski School Board), Denise Williams (Osceola School Board), Carman Young (Van Buren School Board), Tammye Sherrill (Waldron School Board), and Larry Reynolds (Woodlawn School Board).
over 1 year ago, ASBA
men and women holding trophy
men holding trophy
men and women holding trophy
men holding trophy
Master Board Award achievers in 2022 were Clarksville School District, Decatur School District, Fayetteville School District, Osceola School District, and Yellville School District.
over 1 year ago, ASBA
men and women holding award
men and women holding award