The Watson Chapel School Board voted to terminate the employment contract of a cafeteria employee at L.L. Owen Elementary during its regular monthly meeting Monday night. Betty Tyson, who also worked in food services at Coleman Intermediate and Watson Chapel High School before her time at L. L. Owen, was recommended for termination by Superintendent Danny Hazelwood for "not meeting the normal standards of good conduct that the district must have to operate effectively." The board held a 30-minute closed hearing for Tyson before voting 6-1 to approve Hazelwood's recommendation, with board secretary Ronnie Reynolds casting the sole dissenting vote.

The Watson Chapel School Board voted to terminate the employment contract of a cafeteria employee at L.L. Owen Elementary during its regular monthly meeting Monday night. Betty Tyson, who also worked in food services at Coleman Intermediate and Watson Chapel High School before her time at L. L. Owen, was recommended for termination by Superintendent Danny Hazelwood for “not meeting the normal standards of good conduct that the district must have to operate effectively.” The board held a 30-minute closed hearing for Tyson before voting 6-1 to approve Hazelwood’s recommendation, with board secretary Ronnie Reynolds casting the sole dissenting vote.

In other business the board unanimously approved a recommendation from Hazelwood to expel a female student at Watson Chapel High School for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year for assaulting and using profanity toward a teacher as the teacher attempted to break up a fight between the student recommended for expulsion and another female student.

No hearing was held before the expulsion vote because neither the student nor a representative were present. The board approved Hazelwood’s recommendation to authorize EFS GeoTechnologies of Monticello to proceed to Phase II of its adjustment of Watson Chapel school board zones made necessary by the results of the 2010 Census. “The zones need to be re-equalized,” Hazelwood told the board. “I recommend allowing EFS to move on to Phase II. The 2010 Census shows that zones three and five have lost population since the 2000 Census and the boundary lines need to be redrawn to equalize the voting age population in each zone.”

The board voted to approve board vice president Sandra Boone as the board’s delegate to the Dec. 7 Arkansas School Boards Association Delegate Assembly in Little Rock.

The board voted to approve the monthly financial statement as presented by Hazelwood.

“We received $2,415,460.46 in October and spent $2,584,618.05 in the non-activity funds, leaving an ending balance of $6,519,793.38,” Hazelwood said. The board agreed to have Hazelwood sign all board members up for a board member training session at the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative in Pine Bluff on Nov. 21 that will focus on mandatory audit report training. Hazelwood told the board that the dates for the traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas lunches for parents are to be Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 respectively, with meal prices set at $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children not enrolled in school. During board communications, Boone thanked the administration at the high school for their Veterans Day observance, explaining that it was a moving tribute.