Go Forward Pine Bluff will host an education press conference regarding a teacher pipeline action item.


The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at 601 S. Main St., according to a news release from Ryan Watley, Go Forward chief executive officer.


“The public private partnership between the City of Pine Bluff and Go Forward Pine Bluff is focused on the following four pillars to achieve its mission: quality of life, economic development, government infrastructure and education,” according to the release.


“In order to sustain the 26 initiatives of the four pillar areas, successful outcomes in the education pillar are paramount. Go Forward Pine Bluff established an educational alliance in October of 2017 to provide a comprehensive approach to improving education,” according to the release.


The educational alliance members and the institutions they represent include: Superintendent Barbara Warren of Dollarway School District; Superintendent Jeremy Owoh of Pine Bluff School District; Superintendent Jerry Guest of Watson Chapel School District; Scott Kuttenkuler, vice president for student affairs at Southeast Arkansas College; Robert Carr, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Cathi Swan, director of the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative and chair of the educational alliance; Scott Pittillo, education pillar chair; David Brown, local business owner; Doug Brown, retired financial officer in the Pine Bluff School District; Earlene Collins, retired administrator in the Pine Bluff School District; Princella Gardener, president of the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association; Jarod King, president of the Youth Advisory Council; Goldie Whitaker, Watson Chapel School Board president.


“The Alliance meets at least once a month to formulate action items that positively impact the Leadership, Education Curriculum, Accountable, and Teacher Pipeline, commonly known as LEAP, within the public education system,” according to the release. “The educational alliance has spent the last year developing a teacher pipeline action item that incentivizes the recruitment, retention, and development of certified teachers.”


“During the upcoming Teacher Appreciation Week, the educational alliance will reveal the details of a teacher pipeline action item. The design and implementation of this particular action item will accelerate the positive shift in Pine Bluff’s educational landscape,” according to the release.


Details: Go Forward Pine Bluff, 870-939-6900.