The Pine Bluff School Board and District Superintendent Jerry Payne honored Arkansas Teacher of the Year finalist Shelina Warren of Jack Robey Junior High School at the board's regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The Pine Bluff School Board and District Superintendent Jerry Payne honored Arkansas Teacher of the Year finalist Shelina Warren of Jack Robey Junior High School at the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Payne and board president Herman Horace presented Warren with a certificate recognizing her achievements to date and wished her well in her quest to be selected as the 2011 Arkansas Teacher of the Year at a Dec. 7 ceremony in Little Rock.

Payne announced that Warren received $1,000 for being selected as one of the Teacher of the Year Final Four.

Robey Principal Ronald Laurent was also present to honor Warren and to recognize her achievements in the classroom.

Payne asked Laurent to highlight some of his school’s recent achievements as part of a program to recognize schools in the district.

“I am pleased to announce that we have Ms. Warren at Jack Robey Junior High School. I want people to know that 25 out of the 51 teachers at Jack Robey have master’s degrees,” Laurent said. “Our band went to the Gateway Classic in St. Louis and won third place and turned around and marched in the Rodeo Parade and won first place. We also have a very good PTO program. Jack Robey is committed to success. Failure is not an option.”

In other business Payne presented a short video clip taken from a recent report prepared by KTHV in Little Rock on Taylor Scott, a teacher at Belair Middle School who is part of the Teach for America program.

Scott was present at the board meeting and Payne recognized her for her work.

District Director of Business and Finance Pam Winkler presented the October financial report to the board.

“For the month ending Oct. 31 the district had a beginning balance of $13,360,394.17,” Winkler said. “Total available funds were $23,650,867.86. Total deductions were $10,481,325.43. The amount available for operating was $13,169,542.43. The total balance for all funds was $17,276,696.51.”