ASD ready to welcome back students; athletic passes on sale

Updated: August 10, 2018

By Ronda Pounds

ASD Public Relations Coordinator

Ashdown School District administrators are (from left): Front – Federal Programs Coordinator Debbie Greathouse, Ashdown Elementary Principal Teresa Wake, Ashdown High School Principal Kay York Wortham and Curriculum Director Teri Lynn Day; Back – Ashdown Junior High Principal James Jones, L.F. Henderson Intermediate Principal Keith Fricks, Ashdown Junior High Dean of Students Ed Williams, Ashdown High School Assistant Principal Rick Fowler and Superintendent Casey Nichols.

The Ashdown School District started back in full swing at 8 a.m. Monday, August 6, with a breakfast provided by American Fidelity, Ashdown Food Service, and K-12 Culinary for all staff and everyone was challenged to “Know your why.”

The district also welcomed new staff members from food service, bus drivers, custodians, paraprofessionals, classroom teachers, and all the way to the top with the hiring of new Superintendent Casey Nichols.

Nichols introduced administrators and new staff and said, “great staff members make great schools. And, we set the bar high at Ashdown Schools and want to continue to push and raise the bar for ourselves and our students.”

The AHS Cheerleaders, AHS Pom Squad and Purple Pride Marching Band were there to create a pep rally-style atmosphere with cheers, fight song and had everyone on their feet as staff sang the AHS Alma Mater. The students had everyone in attendance pumped and ready to have the best year possible for our little Panthers up to our senior Panthers!

Over the summer, the maintenance department worked hard cleaning rooms/buildings, waxing floors, painting, and other regular summer repair work to have all campuses ready to go for the first day of school on August 13. In addition to regular summer maintenance, all campuses were given LED lighting retrofit which will generate cost savings for the district. There were HVAC upgrades to LFH and on the MDP campus classrooms for first and second grade were completely renovated to match the renovations the kindergarten classrooms received last summer, as well as restrooms, hallways, and cafeteria.

For parent communications, the district website received an update, there will be a new emergency notification system for 2018-19, and Josten’s Schoolway App will be used, as well as continued use of the district Facebook page and Twitter.

On the technology front, 17 Promethean boards were installed on the elementary level, Wi-Fi thermostats were installed district wide, new Wi-Fi access points for the high school were added, new campus servers at AJHS and AHS, lab computers were replaced at AJHS and AHS and old equipment was properly recycled.

The Food Service Department will continue to work with K-12 Culinary in order to provide delicious and nutritious meals for students. Parents are welcome to enjoy lunches with their children. Menus and pricing are posted on the district website. Parents need to sign in at their child’s school office.

Also, with the start of football season, athletic passes are being sold once again. Passes may be purchased at the Administration Building located at 751 Rankin Street from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each workday. The Ashdown Senior Citizen Pass is free to any Ashdown Resident who is 60 or older. The Ashdown Panther Family Pass is $250 (pass for a family of 4, school age and up. Immediate family only living in the same household), Ashdown Panther Super Booster Pass is $150 (Good for one person admission to all home sporting events, excluding those that are sponsored state events. Super Booster will receive one complimentary coaching polo), Student Athletic Pass is $25 (any student enrolled in a sport, cheer, spirit, or band, 6-12 grades) and Student Pass is $50 (any K-12 Ashdown School District Student).

Nichols wrapped up the meeting with a challenge to all staff, “to be rockstar educators.” He said, “Our entire staff is excited and eager to welcome our students back to school and we plan to challenge and encourage our students in order to help them recognize their dreams.”