Just before the Christmas holiday hit, employees at the Yellville-Summit School District received a gift from the school board. For the first time in five years, employees were able to go home with year-end bonus pay.
During the regular session on Dec. 10th, the board voted to give a $500 bonus to teachers and other full-time contracted employees and $250 to bus drivers. Superintendent Wes Henderson says while the board meeting was a public forum, they tried not to make a big deal of it that evening.
When Henderson was hired to lead Yellville-Summit in 2015, he inherited a school district that was placed on Arkansas's fiscal distress list a few months earlier. He says it was a satisfying feeling for him and the board to be in a position where they're able to give the employees some extra pay as a reward for all of their hard work.
Henderson goes on to say he believes Yellville-Summit has a bright future from both financial and educational standpoints.
The Yellville-Summit School District was removed from the fiscal distress list in July of 2017.
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