The El Dorado Board of Education gave one recognition and a few updates on ongoing projects.

At the beginning of the meeting, the board gave recognition to Carla Varner. She was named the Teacher of the Year for all of Butler County by Farm Bureau.

The BOE then gave its own award, affectionately called the “Green Tabasco” award, which is an award designed for a staff member who looks at problems and other things with a different take than most that proves to be valuable and offers solutions. They awarded it to Kim Coo.

During the reports segment, several staff members from Jefferson and Lincoln gave updates on various tasks within the K-Star Improvement Plan. They emphasized looking at data points in various categories to truly understanding and pinpoint what students need and what skill sets they’re missing. Class Dojo, which is a web-based program they can use to identity positive behaviors, is used not only to understand and deal with classroom behavior issues, but also to open communication with parents, who can utilize the app on their phone.

The BOE heard that, though the district will lose a little bit of Title I funding, they actually were able to increase employment in that category. The district also received a small amount of money to give to students as scholarships for enrolling in college courses early.

The next board meeting will be Monday, Oct. 30, the fifth Monday of the month.