Monday, March 3, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Boy's and Girl's Club of Phillips County has done it again. Club member and Barton High School Senior Marquis Chanay was selected last night as the 2014 Arkansas State Youth of the Year. BGCPC Club members have won back to back state youth of the year awards. What an accomplishment for our youth.
|Marquis Chanay: Arkansas Youth of the Year|
Thursday, February 13, 2014
|The Scene of the Shooting on Cleburne|
|Jarrett with his Father, School Board Member Marvin Jarrett|
The jury found Floyd guilty in the September 7, 2011 shooting death of Shannon Barnes.
The offense is a Class A Felony punishable by 6-30 years in prison.
Sent from my iPhone
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Guns on campus. Marijuana like its Woodstock. Exposed male genitalia in class. This isn’t some R-rated film about hippie life in the 60s. This isn’t even a bad college frat party. These are contemporary reports coming straight out of Barton High School. What is worse? Grass gets you expelled from school, but you can remain a Bear if you bring a gun to campus or pull out your sexual gun during instruction. Thankfully, neither trigger has been pulled according to the most recent reports received.
First, the Inside Scoop Online received a report from an upset parent whose daughter was in class at BHS. During the class, the daughter brought to the attention of the adult supervision in the room that another student was exposing his genitalia. The teacher called the appropriate personnel and the student was referred to the office. Clearly, this would get you expelled in most places. It would have at Barton as recently as the last school year. But not under the administration of the new man in town- Chris Goodin. No, the transplant from Rosebud decided, with the apparent support of Superintendent Tom Wilson, a short vacation from school (10 days suspension) was all that was needed. To make matters worse, the mother reported that the daughter had notified school officials before that this was happening and nothing was done.
Since, a restraining order has been issued ordering the boy not to talk to the young girl. The mother reports that Goodin will not work to enforce this restraining order. She also reports that her efforts to plead with Goodin to keep a person like this engaging in this sort of sexually predatory behavior off-campus have fallen on deaf ears with him telling her “get out of my office.” She says the boy’s friends have been bullying her daughter over the restraining order as well and Goodin has not taken any action.
In addition, the Inside Scoop Online has also learned that a student brought a gun to the BHS campus earlier this year and that it was discovered by school authorities. Despite very strong language in the handbook regarding guns, Goodin and Wilson, with the apparent backing of a majority of the school board, refused to expel the student. Can you imagine if this had happened in the Helena-West Helena School District? It would have been on the front page of The Helena World. This web site is the first public reporting of the incident.
The story doesn’t stop there. The BLSD has expelled multiple students this school year for possession of marijuana and the intention to distribute the “wacky weed.” Apparently, one student had multiple bags ready for resale. Those students should have been expelled from any school district. However, the one with the firearm on campus and the other with his sex pistol on display in class should have been given an expulsion as well.
One interesting note is in order here. The information provided to this web site is that almost all of those expelled were black students. The kid with the gun was a white student. Both aforementioned administrators and five of the seven school board members are white. The two black school board members apparently supported the expulsion of the kid with the gun as well, and the board apparently hasn’t been given any information about the kid with the exposed genitalia in class.
Barton has been an exemplary school district and a source of pride for their community. However, this new principal is on the verge of destroying in one year what it took his predecessor and the long-time staff over 40 years to build. We hope this school board will open their eyes and get a new Superintendent and high school principal before control of the school is lost and patrons start leaving the district. Bear Pride, in its traditional form, would never have stood for this. If the School Board doesn't take action, some of those sneaking out there from Helena-West Helena may choose to play football at Cad Polk Stadium.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Jarrett, who will begin serving immediately, joins Dr. Stephen Murray, Bettye Hendrix, Doug Friedlander, Lynn Boone, and Andrew Bagley on the panel. Jarrett said, "It is an honor to be selected and I look forward to working for the district and our kids."
Jarrett is a graduate of Central High School and Arkansas State University. His children graduated from CHS. Jarrett is a deacon at the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church and is a long-time Board member and Treasurer of the Helena-West Helena Booster Club.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013