The three school districts in Van Buren County are getting ready for the first day of the 2014-15 school year. Classes for all three schools begin on Monday, Aug. 8.

Clinton School District

School begins at 7:55 a.m. for all schools. Dismissal time for Elementary/Intermediate car riders will be 3:05 p.m. and bus

riders will dismiss at 3:15 p.m. Dismissal time for Clinton junior and senior high schools will be 3:25 p.m.

Seventh-grade orientation/open house has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the high school cafeteria.

Tenth-grade orientation for parents has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in the high school library.

The open house schedule for elementary/intermediate classes is:

Third grade, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 5:30 p.m. in the new Elementary/Intermediate Cafeteria

Sixth grade, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 5:30 p.m. in the new Elementary/Intermediate Music Room

First grade, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. in the new Elementary/Intermediate Cafeteria

Fifth grade, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. in the new Elementary/Intermediate Music Room

Second grade, Thursday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the new Elementary/Intermediate Cafeteria

Fourth grade, Thursday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the new Elementary/Intermediate Music Room

Kindergarten, Thursday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the new Elementary/Intermediate Cafeteria

Students in grades K-6 who have not previously attended Clinton Schools will need to register at the principal’s office Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. beginning Aug. 4.

Students in grades 7-9 will register and pick up schedules in counselor Brandy Alexander’s office in the Junior High School building.

Students in grades 10-12 will come to the high school office to register and pick up schedules. Note your date and time by finding the first letter of your last name.

Grades 9 and 12: Tuesday, Aug. 12, A-M 8:30-11:30 a.m.; N-Z 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Grades 8 and 11: Wednesday, Aug. 13, A-M 8:30-11:30 a.m.; N-Z 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Grade 7: Thursday, Aug. 14, A-M 8:30-11:30 a.m.; N-Z 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Grade 10: Thursday, Aug. 14, A-Z 4-6 p.m.

Shirley School District

School starts at 8 a.m. for High School and Elementary. Dismissal will be at 3:10 p.m. for High School and 3:05 for Elementary. High School students will meet in the auditorium and elementary students will meet in their classrooms.

Orientation and open house for grades K-12 will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12. New students may register at the Elementary or High School office from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday beginning Aug. 5.

(See Shirley’s school staff list at end of story)

South Side-Bee Branch School District

Registration for the 2014-15 school year at South Side is:

Grades 7, 8, 9: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 4

Grades 10, 11, 12: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5

New students will register from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 6

Students will purchase lockers and parking permits at this time. Locker cost is $3 and parking permits are $5. All students driving to school must register their vehicles with the office by providing auto registration, proof of insurance and drivers license.

Seventh-grade students need to bring their birth certificate, Social Security card and current shot record during registration.

All new students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring the following: birth certificate, Social Security card, current shot record, academic records, address of previous school, proof of current mailing address and phone number.

Classes begin at 7:52 a.m.

Senior pictures will be Aug. 6.

Sport physicals for the boys will be 1-4 p.m. Aug. 12 and girls’ physicals will be 1-4 p.m. Aug. 14. Forms are available in the office.

Open house will be 7 p.m. Aug. 14. All parents are invited to attend and meet their child’s teacher.

Shirley School Staff

School Administration

Betty McGruder – Superintendent

Randy Moore –High School principal

Tyrene Gardner—Elementary principal

Nancy Hensley – Bookkeeper

Rachel Seaton – High School secretary

Jenni Lewis – Elementary secretary

Denise Robinson – Superintendent’s secretary

Board of Education

Russell Ekoff

Collene Halldorson

Rose Owen

Darla Privitt

Brenda Smith

District Staff

Tyrene Gardner - Curriculum and Federal Coordinator/Testing

Amanda Gentry - District Counselor

Tim Widener - Computer Tech Coordinator/District Learning

Michelle Burgess - School Nurse

Kayla Whited - ISS Supervisor

Larry Fairfield - Maintenance Supervisor

Jeff Rice, Ted Allen Kelly Robinson—Maintenance

Clayton Borecky - Resource Officer

Pam Moore - APSCN, Secretary

Mike Worthing - Transportation director

Bus Drivers - Deb Thomas, Rick Ward, Steve Williams, Larry Fairfield, Randall Blanchard, Chris Bradford


Belinda Murray - Director

Kathy Garrigus - Head Cook

Cooks - Kay Delk, Patricia Mapes, Kelly Robinson, Deb Thomas

High School Faculty

Katy Knapp - English

Brandon Harris - Band/Music

Steve Privitt - Mathematics

Kerri Tindle - Middle School

Steve Williams - Spanish

Layna Jones - Art

Donna Ginn - Science

Rick Ward - Mathematics, Library Media

Ruth Taylor - Resource

Brian Crotts – Vocational Business

Randall Blanchard – Science

Keith Brown – Boys Coach/PE-Health

Andrea Cowell - Junior High/Middle School

Jason Cowell - Girls Coach/PE-Health

Brooke Loter - Family and Consumer Science

Staff - Vocational Agriculture

Summer Clauer - English and Social Studies

Randy Roberson – SALC

Jeff Mannon - Social Studies

Jeff Treadwell – Resource

Aides - Nancy Berry, Nancy Smith, Angie Williams, Linda Azar, Chris Bradford

Custodian - Paula Bramlett

Elementary Faculty

Kindergarten - Delonda Powell, Lisa Jones

First Grade - Melinda Bane, Penny Little

Second Grade - Marilyn Seaton, Alisa Strang

Third Grade - Cynthia Ferrell, Lisa Freeman

Fourth Grade - Elaine Enns, Laurie Prater

Fifth Grade - Melissa Dunham, Marcia Smith

Sixth Grade - Brittany Kyle, Tina Stevens

Literacy Specialist - Amanda Gentry

Media Specialist/ G.T. - Jessica Mannon

Music - Brandon Harris

Art - Layna Jones

P.E. - Jason Cowell

Resource Teachers - Margret Hart, Autumn Pruitt

Speech Therapist - Sheila Gardner

Aides - Latrisha Blair, Kim Graddy, Susan Howard, Cassie Salazar

Custodians - Erin Ekoff, Pat Newman

School Phone Numbers

Superintendent’s Office 501-723-8191

High School Office 501-723-8192

Elementary Office 501-723-8193

Gymnasium 501-723-8194

Maintenance 501-723-8195

Agriculture Building 501-723-8196

Cafeteria 501-723-8198

Bus shop 501-723-4251

SALC 501-723-4907

Band 501-723-4910