School Board

VBSD Board of Education  2019 ASBA School Board of Excellence in Leadership Award Winner

VBSD Board of Education 
2019 ASBA School Board of Excellence in Leadership Award Winner

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.

2020-2021 Board Meeting Dates and Locations.pdf


School Board Documents

Board Members

Christy Mayo

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Christy and her husband, Robert, have two children, Erik and Rachel, who are both Van Buren alumni. Christy is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University. She serves as Chief Financial Officer of MayWood Logistics, Inc.

Candice Settle-Beshears

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Candice, a 1990 graduate of the Van Buren School District, and her husband Aaron have two children, Taryn and Morghan. Candice 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, and a member of the GFWC-Women’s League of Van Buren. She is also a past board member of Summit Medical Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Van Buren, and the Volunteer Attorney Project.

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 works for Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center as a school-based therapist and at The Forging Place in Van Buren. She serves as President of the GFWC-Women’s League of Van Buren and is a member at The Current Church.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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