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February 14, 2020

Stephens Congratulates ASBA 2019 School Board of Excellence in Leadership

The Van Buren School Board, boosted by community partnerships, shrewd planning, and constituent support, was honored as the Arkansas School Boards Association’s 2019 School Board of Excellence in Leadership. The ASBA presents the award, sponsored by Stephens Inc., annually to an Arkansas school board that showcases best practices in organizational leadership while making a positive impact on students in their district.

The ASBA recognized especially the Van Buren School Board’s cooperative work with the district’s administration to create and follow a carefully developed strategic plan with both short- and long-term objectives. Creating and articulating to the community a common vision and goals proved instrumental in winning local backing. As a result, the district was able to secure resources to move forward with new campus construction and improvements, expand the district’s school resource officer program, significantly increase teacher pay, and launch the River Valley Virtual Academy.

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