An Alma school administrator was selected as special education director of the year by the Arkansas School Psychology Association for the second year in a row.
Cara Witherspoon, special education director for Alma School District, was recently selected to win the award. She was nominated by Alma Schools Educational Examiner Sue Featherston.
“It’s a great honor, not only for Cara but for the Alma School District and the special education program, as well,” said Superintendent David Woolly after announcing Witherspoon’s win during the school board meeting Tuesday night.
Woolly went on to add that Alma had become known for its special education program, with many families choosing to bring their special needs children to the district.
“It tells you what a great job our staff does taking care of those special needs children that their parents search us out,” Woolly said.
In 2012, Becky Balazic received the special education director of the year award from ASPA. Cara Witherspoon took over her position as director when Balazic retired in May 2012.
Also during the meeting Tuesday, board members reorganized officers. Paul Winborn was selected as president, Ron Haught as vice president and Randy Coleman as secretary.
Chapen Rucker was welcomed to his first meeting as a school board member. Rucker defeated Rinda Baker to fill the seat left open by Richard Craft, who has been on the board 20 years.
Rucker is the first new member elected to the board in 13 years.
Resignations were accepted by board members from both a father and daughter who worked for the school district, each leaving for separate reasons, and new hires approved to fill the positions.
Michael Rhodes resigned from his position as high school social studies teacher, after health concerns have caused him to miss most of the school year so far.
Chelsea Burdick, who has been working for ASD as a substitute teacher, will take over as the social studies teacher.
Amanda Teff resigned from her position as middle school science teacher after Alma administrators released her from her contract so that she was able to accept a position as media specialist - her chosen career - with Springdale School District.
Magen Brown was hired to fill the science teacher position.