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Newark – Cedar Ridge School District joined districts across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month in January. More than 1500 Arkansas school board members are being honored for their service and dedication to public education.

“Our board members assume a crucial role in representing our students and advocating for public education,” said Cedar Ridge Superintendent Andy Ashley. “We are very proud of our members, and Arkansas School Board Recognition Month is a great time to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments.”

The members serving on the Cedar Ridge school board are Ernie Pectol, Jerry Henderson, Ladonna Shaw, Charlie Skaggs, Adam Owens, Bart Hayes, and Tracy Grissom.

As publicly elected school leaders, Arkansas school board members set policy for their respective districts. Under state law, they are empowered to hire and evaluate the superintendent, oversee district finances, approve the budget, and determine the vision and mission of the district. School boards must also approve the curriculum and ensure the district maintains adequate facilities for teaching and learning.

In addition to their board duties, state law requires Arkansas school board members to earn a minimum of six hours of professional development each year in areas related to their role and responsibilities.

About Cedar Ridge School District: The Cedar Ridge School District exists to provide an environment where everyone thrives through positive relationships, relevant experiences, and high expectations to develop successful individuals.

From Left to Right : Adam Owens, Ladonna Shaw, Jerry Henderson, Bart Hayes, Charlie Skaggs, and Ernie Pectol. Not pictured : Tracy Grissom.