School Board Minutes

All legal authority for the operation and management of the school program in the Van Buren School District (VBSD) is vested by law in the Board of Education. The seven member board makes all major decisions regarding school district priorities, policies, expenditures and growth. The nonpartisan board members are elected to serve, without compensation, for a term of four years. State law does not limit the number of terms a member may serve. Selection of school board members is conducted at the annual school election held on the third Tuesday in September.

The VBSD Board of Education meets the second Tuesday of each month. The meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and are held in the Administration Building at 2221 Pointer Trail East or at individual school sites. Special meetings of the Board are called by the President as needed.

2016-2017 Board Meeting Dates and Locations.pdf

SchoolBoardElectionZones.pdf

Board Members

Christy Mayo, President

Image titleChristy and her husband, Robert, have two children. Erik, a 2010 Van Buren graduate and a 2014 Arkansas Tech University graduate, is pursuing a Master’s Degree in School Counseling at the University of Arkansas. Rachel, a 2013 Van Buren graduate, attends the University of Central Arkansas majoring inBiochemistry and Psychology. Christy is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University and CFO of MayWood Logistics, Inc. Robert is a CPA employed by Exide Technologies.















Candice Settle-Beshears, Vice President

Image titleCandice, a 1990 graduate of the Van Buren School District, and her husband Aaron have two children. Taryn graduated from Van Buren in 2015 and he and Morghan both attend the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Candice received her BSBA in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and went on the graduate from the law school in 1997. She is a partner in the law firm of Settle & Jernigan, PLLC and is the elected Van Buren City Attorney. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club, a friend of the Optimist Club, a member of the GFWC Women’s League and a past board member of Summitt, the Van Buren Boys & Girls Club, and the Volunteer Attorney Project.














Theresa Bell, Secretary

Image title

Theresa is a Van Buren High School graduate and completed her masters in counseling at John Brown University. She works as a school based counselor in the district. She is married to Kenneth Bell who has been with the Van Buren police department for 31 years. Together they have 5 children, Christopher, Samantha and Tori who are Van Buren graduates, Devin, in high school and Eliza, in middle school. She and her family are active in the community and church.














Jamie Hammond

Image title

Jamie is married to Paige (Mitchell) Hammond, who is a teacher in the Van Buren school district and they have two sons, Mitchell and Andrew, who attend Van Buren schools.  Jamie is a captain with the Fort Smith Police Department as well as a volunteer firefighter with the District Five Volunteer Fire Department. He is a board member of the Arkansas School Boards Association and has been awarded the PTA Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an active volunteer in Van Buren schools as well as a volunteer coach in youth sports.  Jamie and his family are active members of First Baptist Church, Van Buren.













Carman Young

Image title

Carman and her husband Todd have three children and have been lucky enough to call Van Buren home since 1999. Their oldest, Hannah graduated in 2015 from VBHS and is studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. Kayla is a sophomore at VBHS and is a proud member of the Pointer Prancers. The youngest, Tara is in 6th grade and spends most weeknights taking dance classes.  Carman is a member of Community Bible Church . She received a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from UALR but now works from home.













JR Mcphate

Image title

JR works for ArcBest in Fort Smith and is a former teacher and coach in the Van Buren School District. His wife, Sarah, is a special education teacher in the Van Buren School District. JR received a BS in Education from the University of Arkansas and an MSE in Educational Theory and Practice and Ed.S in Educational Administration from Arkansas State University.














Kevin Bell

Image title

Kevin and his wife, Edie, have 3 children. One attends UCA in Conway and two attend Van Buren High School. Kevin is a 1988 graduate of Van Buren High School and is the President of Jimmy Bell Real Estate Company. He is also a 1992 graduate of the University of Arkansas. He serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank & Trust Company and is a board member of the Van Buren Education Foundation. Kevin and his family are members of First Baptist Church in Van Buren.















School Year 2016 -2017

Special Minutes 081816.pdf

Board Minutes 080916.pdf

Board Minutes 091316.pdf

Board Minutes 101116.pdf

Special Minutes 101316.pdf

Board Minutes 110816.pdf

Board Minutes 121316.pdf

Work Session Minutes 121516.pdf

Board Minutes 011017.pdf

Special Meeting Minutes 013017.pdf

Board Minutes 021417.pdf

Special Meeting Minutes 021617.pdf

School Year 2015 -2016

Minutes2015- 08-18.pdf

Minutes2015-07-14.pdf

Minutes2015-07-28_Special.pdf

Minutes2015-09-08.pdf

Minutes2015-09-14_Special.pdf

Minutes2015-10-13.pdf

Minutes2015-11-10.pdf

Minutes2015-12-08.pdf

Minutes2016-01-12.pdf

Minutes2016-02-09.pdf

Board Minutes 030816.pdf

SPECIAL Minutes 031716.pdf

SPECIAL Minutes 033116.pdf

Board Minutes 041216.pdf

Board Minutes 051016.pdf

Special Minutes 052616.pdf

Special Minutes 060216.pdf

School Year 2014 -2015

Minutes2014-01-06_Special.pdf

Minutes2014-07-15.pdf

Minutes2014-08-19.pdf

Minutes2014-08-28_Special.pdf

Minutes2014-09-09.pdf

Minutes2014-10-21.pdf

Minutes2014-11-11.pdf

Minutes2014-12-09.pdf

Minutes2014-12-16_Special.pdf

Minutes2015-01-13.pdf

Minutes2015-01-27_Special.pdf

Minutes2015-02-10.pdf

Minutes2015-03-10_Special.pdf

Minutes2015-03-17.pdf

Minutes2015-04-09_Special.pdf

Minutes2015-04-14.pdf

Minutes2015-05-12.pdf

Minutes2015-06-09.pdf

School Year  2013-2014

Minutes2013-07-16.pdf

Minutes2013-08-20.pdf

Minutes2013-9-10.pdf

Minutes2013-10-08.pdf

Minutes2013-11-12.pdf

Minutes2013-12-10.pdf

Minutes2014-01-14.pdf

Minutes2014-02-11.pdf

Minutes2014-03-10_Special.pdf

Minutes2014-03-11.pdf

Minutes2014-04-08.pdf

Minutes2014-05-13.pdf

Minutes2014-06-09.pdf