Board Of Education

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.

2021-2022 Board Meeting Dates and Locations.pdf


School Board Documents

Board Members

Lance Lanier, President

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Lance and his wife, Laura, have three children who each have attended Van Buren High School. Lance serves as 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 and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of Southern Methodist University Southwest School of Banking.

Kevin Bell, Vice President

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Kevin and his wife, Edie, have three children, all graduates of Van Buren. He is a 1988 graduate of Van Buren High School and is a 1992 graduate of the University of Arkansas. Kevin is the President of Jimmy Bell Real Estate Company. 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.

Bob Freeman , Secretary

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Bob graduated from Van Buren High School in 1973 and attended the University of Oklahoma on a ROTC scholarship. Commissioned as an artillery lieutenant in the United States Army in 1977, he retired as a Lt. Colonel after 20 years of service. While in the Army, he earned his Master’s from the Florida Institute of Technology. Bob and his family moved back to Van Buren in 1997. He enjoyed a successful career at Citizens Bank & Trust Company, before being elected Mayor of Van Buren in November 2006. He served as leader of the city for 12 years. Bob is married to his high school sweetheart, Terry, and they have two adult children, Sarah and David.

Theresa Bell

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Theresa is a 1990 graduate of Van Buren High School. She and her husband Kenny have five children, Christopher, Samantha, Tori, Devin, and Eliza. Theresa is a therapist at The Forging Place in Van Buren. She serves as President of the GFWC-Women’s League of Van Buren and is a member of Merge Church.

Jacob Howell

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Jacob Howell is the Founding Pastor of Merge Church in Van Buren. He is also a licensed attorney and operated the Howell Law Firm in Van Buren before transitioning to full-time ministry. Upon graduating from VBHS, he attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Howell graduated with his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and returned to practice law in his hometown. He and his wife Kristen live in Van Buren with their three children.

Christy Mayo

Image titleChristy and her husband, Robert, have two children, Erik and Rachel. Erik is a 2010 VBHS graduate and graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2014. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and is pursuing a Master’s in Counseling at the University of Arkansas. Rachel is a 2013 VBHS graduate and a 2017 University of Central Arkansas alum. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Psychology and is pursuing her MD at the UAMS College of Medicine. Christy and Robert are both graduates of Arkansas Tech University. Christy is a retired CPA and Robert is a CPA employed by Stryten Manufacturing.

Carman Young

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Carman and her husband Todd have three children and have been fortunate to call Van Buren home since 1999. They have three children, all who have attended the Van Buren School District. Carman received a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from UALR, but now works from home and serves as a community volunteer. Carman is a member of Community Bible Church.

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School Year 2021-2022

SPECIAL Board Minutes 072221.pdf

School Year 2020-2021

Special Board Minutes 072820.pdf

Board Minutes 081120.pdf

Special Board Minutes 082520.pdf

Board Minutes 090820.pdf

Board Minutes 101320.pdf

Board Minutes 111020.pdf

Board Minutes 120820.pdf

Board Minutes 011221.pdf

Board Minutes 020921.pdf

Board Minutes 030921.pdf

Special Board Minutes 033021.pdf

Board Minutes 041321.pdf

Special Board Minutes 050421.pdf

Board Minutes 051121.pdf

SPECIAL Board Minutes 052521.pdf

Board minutes 6-8-21.pdf

School Year 2019-2020

Special Board Minutes 072219.pdf

Board Minutes 081319.pdf

Board Minutes 091019.pdf

Board Minutes 100819.pdf

Board Minutes 111219.pdf

Board Minutes 121019.pdf

Board Minutes 011420.pdf

Board Minutes 021120.pdf

Special Board Minutes 022020.pdf

Board Minutes 031020.pdf

Board Minutes 041420.pdf

Board Minutes 051220.pdf

Board Minutes 060920.pdf

Special Board Minutes 062520.pdf

School Year 2018-2019

Board Minutes 061218.pdf

Special Minutes 061818.pdf

Special Minutes 072418.pdf

Board Minutes 081418.pdf

Board Minutes 091118.pdf

Special Minutes 092718.pdf

Board Minutes 100918.pdf

Board Minutes 111318.pdf

Special Minutes 112918.pdf

Board Minutes 121118.pdf

Board Minutes 010819.pdf

Special Minutes 012219.pdf

Board Minutes 021219.pdf

Special Minutes 022819.pdf

Board Minutes 031219.pdf

Special Board Minutes 032619.pdf

Board Minutes 040919.pdf

Special Board Minutes 041719.pdf

Special Board Minutes 042519.pdf

Board Minutes 051419.pdf

Special Board Minutes 052419.pdf

Special Board Minutes 052919.pdf

Special Board Minutes 060619.pdf

Board Minutes 061119.pdf

School Year 2017-2018

Board Minutes 071117.pdf

Board Minutes 080817.pdf

Special Minutes 081517.pdf

Board Minutes 091217.pdf

Board Minutes 101017.pdf

Board Minutes 111417.pdf

Board Minutes 121217.pdf

Board Minutes 010918.pdf

Board Minutes 021318.pdf

Board Minutes 031318.pdf

Board Minutes 041018.pdf

Special Minutes 041718.pdf

Special Minutes 041918.pdf

Board Minutes 050818.pdf

Special Minutes 053018.pdf

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

Board Minutes 031417.pdf

Board Minutes 041117.pdf

Special Meeting Minutes 042717.pdf

Board Minutes 050917.pdf

Special Minutes 053017.pdf

Board Minutes 061317.pdf

Special Minutes 062717.pdf