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My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

LRSD to change substitute teacher program

LRSD to change substitute teacher program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the end of the school year in sight, the Little Rock School District is announcing changes coming next year for its substitute teacher program.

To save money, the district says it will use a private company, Will-Sub, to handle the way substitutes are hired, assigned and paid.

Pamela Smith with LRSD said that current employees should not notice much change in how they do their jobs, but the subs will see an increase in their daily pay due to the move.

This change takes effect July 1, 2014.

 

District announces recipients of PCSSD Scholarships

District announces recipients of PCSSD Scholarships

On April 25, May 2 and May 14, 2014, the Pulaski County Special School District’s Scholarship Committee met to review and score the applications submitted for the 2013-2014 PCSSD scholarship funding. Based on the points from the scoring rubric, the committee has awarded a $2,500 scholarship toward post-secondary education to the following outstanding graduating seniors. Congratulations to them all!

UAMS sets SeniorNet June computer classes

UAMS sets SeniorNet June computer classes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UAMS)– Computer classes — Fundamentals for Beginners — Win 7 and Digital Photography Utilizing Picasa  — will be taught in June for people ages 50 and older at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

Classes begin June 2. They are:

*         Fundamentals for Beginners — Win 7, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon.

*         Digital Photography Utilizing Picasa, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Course fees for 16 hours of instruction are $45, and student manuals are $15. The program is administered by SeniorNet, a nonprofit volunteer group. Classes are in Room 2156 at the UAMS Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive, Little Rock. 

ADHE extends scholarship application deadlines to July 1 for Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pul

ADHE extends scholarship application deadlines to July 1 for Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pul

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADHE) – The deadline to apply and accept financial aid – including the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship – through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) has been extended until July 1, officials said Monday, for residents in the tornado and flood-damaged counties of Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pulaski and White, which were recently declared disaster areas by Gov. Mike Beebe.

“After touring the area last week, we began assessing what we could do to assist those affected by this terrible disaster,” said Director Shane Broadway, “and with our normal deadline of June 1 fast approaching, we wanted to be certain to allow more time for families most directly impacted.”

Outpouring of support for suspended Fuller principal

Outpouring of support for suspended Fuller principal

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) — Still, very few details being released about Fuller Middle School Principal Brent Mitchell, who was suspended by the Pulaski County School District Wednesday afternoon.

The school district, as well as police have not released the reasons surrounding Mitchell's suspension, just that it is a personnel matter that is being investigated.

But, while the details may be few, the support is not.

Many parents, former students, and colleagues taking on THV11's Facebook page, where they shared their opinion about a man they seem to care so deeply about.

One mother wrote, "My daughter was one of them! My daughter loves this man. I refuse to think badly of him."

A former colleague shared, "Taught with Brent at MLK- great guy, hopefully a resolution will come soon."

And this one-- from a friend, "Brent has always been a stand-up guy. His reputation exceeds what anyone assumes about him and this situation."

Community Institutions team up to create innovative experiential learning program

Community Institutions team up to create innovative experiential learning program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 22, 2014) – Exalt Education, a Little Rock non-profit organization, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, launched on Tuesday an innovative learning program called the Learning Pass.

The Learning Pass initiative will turn the entire city into a classroom by providing middle school students with hands-on, daily, experiential, learning opportunities throughout the community. Four students from the Clinton School of Public Service have established partnerships with more than 15 community institutions to make this unique program possible.