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.
Christy and her husband, Robert, have two children. Erik, a 2010 Van Buren graduate and a 2014 Arkansas Tech University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of Arkansas. Rachel, a 2013 Van Buren graduate and 2017 University of Central Arkansas graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, is pursuing an MD at UAMS College of Medicine. 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, President
Candice, 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, a 1990 graduate of Van Buren High School, and her husband Kenny Bell have 5 children, Christopher Bell, Samantha Bell, Tori Moore, Devin Moore and Eliza Moore. Four are graduates of VBHS. We have 3 granddaughters thanks to Christopher and Samantha. Tori is enrolled in the graduate school counseling program at JBU. Devin is enrolled and majoring in finance at UCA and Eliza is a sophomore and Pointer Prancer at VBHS this year. Kenny served at the Van Buren Police Department for 31 years but is now retired and woking as a real estate agent. Theresa works for WACGC as a school based therapist in VB schools and also at The Forging Place in VB. Theresa is the Vice President of the GFWC Women’s League and a member at The Current Church.
Lance Lanier, Vice President
Lance and his wife, Laura, have three children. Benjamin, a 2012 Van Buren graduate and a 2016 University of Arkansas graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Accounting. Wren, a 2018 Van Buren graduate currently studying Business at the University of Arkansas. Kate is a sophomore at VBHS and a member of the Van Buren Cheer Team.
Lance is the Executive Vice President of Citizens Bank & Trust Company where he has worked since 1986. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a graduate of Southern Methodist University Southwest School of Banking.
Laura is a CPA employed by ARCBEST as a Tax Specialist.
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.
Bob graduated from Van Buren High School in 1973 and attended the University of Oklahoma on an ROTC scholarship, Commissioned as an artillery lieutenant in the United States Army in 1977 he retired as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of service. While in the Army he earned hisMaster’s Degree from Florida Institute of Technology. Bob and his family moved back to Van Buren in 1997 and was elected Mayor in November 2006 serving in that capacity for 12 years. Bob is married to his high school sweetheart, Terry, and they have two children, Sarah and David, both of which graduated from Van Buren High School. Sarah is a graduate of the Baylor School of Law and practices in Paris, Texas. David is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and he is currently a Captain attending the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
Kevin Bell, Secretary
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.