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This year, one student from Salem High School was selected to attend the 2018 Arkansas Governor’s School (AGS) hosted at Hendrix College. Megan West, daughter of Wayne and Cora West, studied in the area of mathematics. As Megan says, “AGS was the best six weeks of my life. Not to sound like a cliché, but it was life-changing for me.”
Selection for Governor’s School is based on a combination of ability and interest and is highly competitive. The six-week intensive program is in its thirty-ninth year.
AGS is a six-week summer residential program for gifted and talented students who are upcoming high school seniors and residents of the state of Arkansas. The program is funded by the Arkansas State Legislature as a portion of the biennial appropriation for Gifted and Talented Programs through the State Department of Education. State funds provide tuition, room, board, and instructional materials for each student who attends the program. AGS is a non-credit program that seeks to create a unique experience for a select group of Arkansas’ best students in which the students are exposed to an intellectual atmosphere both inside and outside the classrooms. AGS was founded in 1980 and has been held on the campus of Hendrix College since its creation.
For additional information about the program, including past curriculum, speakers, and activities, visit online at www.hendrix.edu/ags/.


The Sharp County Quorum Court approved two ordinances on Aug. 13, concerning the funding and operation of a new jail in the county.
Sharp County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a one-half of one percent (.50%) sales and use tax for the purpose of financing the cost of a new jail and law enforcement facilities, through a bond issue. This tax will be for the purpose of paying off the bonds which will finance all or a portion of the cost of a new jail, arraignment room, administrative offices relating to law enforcement and any necessary utility, road and parking improvement related to the jail. This tax, if approved, will expire after the bonds have been paid.
Voters will also decide on a one-quarter of one percent (.25%) sales and use tax to be used to furnish, operate and maintain a new or existing jail and facilities, and to pay and secure the repayment of jail and law enforcement bonds.
The one-half and one-quarter sales and use taxes will be voted on during the General Election, Nov. 6.


by Fred Walker, superintendent
The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on August 20 in the board room at the high school.
Superintendent Fred Walker told the board that preliminary enrollment information shows that the district’s enrollment is presently up over 50 students from last year.
The board discussed the bids for banking services from four area banks and the board accepted the bid from FNBC.
Walker commented that the district appreciated the good service provided by BancorpSouth over the past several years and looks forward to working with FNBC in the future. The board approved the resignations of Paraprofessional April Glass and High School Teacher Louise McBride. The board also approved the employment of Kailey Simmons as a Paraprofessional for the 2018-19 school year.
Principal Billy McBride told the board that school had started well and he was proud of the school livestock team and the many awards the students won at the Fulton, Sharp, and Izard County Fairs recently.
McBride said Agri teachers Isaac Blankenship and Jared Johnson were to be commended for their help with the many ICC students competing in the livestock shows.

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