AUDIO ALERT: What's Going on in the Smackover-Norphlet School District?
A special-called meeting leads to administrative leave
The Smackover-Norphlet School Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to put Superintendent Robby Frizzell on paid administrative leave effective immediately until further notice.
Holly Strickland, executive director of Academics and School Improvement, was named interim superintendent.
A lengthy exchange occurred at the Feb. 7 special-called meeting between board members and administrators concerning lost classroom time due to inclement weather.
According to the audio, administrators and the Personnel Policy Committee (PPC) proposed three different options through a district-wide poll. These options were:
Remove the early-out Wednesday pilot program for professional learning committee meetings that began to assist teachers in raising test scores. This option received 73.8% of the vote.
Attend school May 28, 29, 30, 31. It received 19.4%.
Attend school Feb. 19 and April 19 with no early-out Wednesdays after April 3. This option received 5.8%.
As a result of the poll, administrators recommended Option 1 to take away the PLC Pilot Program Early-Out Wednesdays to make up for the loss of learning because of January's inclement weather.
Board members questioned the administration stating they had previously approved the PLC Pilot Program for Professional Learning Committee meetings and shared their concerns of disrupting current parent schedules if they approved the recommendation as presented.
The board voted to amend the superintendent's recommendation. The new recommendation is to attend school Feb. 19 and April 19 and to resume full-day school on Wednesdays starting April 10.
These changes will not become final until the next board meeting.
After this discussion, the board went into executive session. They returned and voted on Frizzell.
According to Frizzell’s bio on the district's website, he was named “Superintendent of Schools in Smackover-Norphlet School District during a Special Called Meeting of the SNSD Board of Trustees on March 31, 2022.”
Frizzell has 25 years of experience “as a teacher, coach, and principal.”
His bio notes: “Frizzell had spent the previous nine years as principal of Taylor Elementary School. Under his leadership, Taylor earned an A-rating with several accomplishments, including reward funding of over $165,000 for its performance on state standardized testing as well as the prestigious RISE award in 2019 for the effective implementation of the Science of Reading Curriculum.”
His career in education began at Taylor High School in Taylor, Ark., teaching math and coaching baseball.
“In 17 years as a baseball head coach, Frizzell’s teams won 370 games and five state championships,” according to his bio.
Listen to the audio here:
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