Safety a high priority for Redskins as school year begins

Published: Aug. 16, 2023 at 7:01 AM CDT
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POCAHONTAS, Ark. (KAIT) - Many schools returned to school this week across Northeast Arkansas.

In Pocahontas, school started at all four campuses on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Pocahontas Public Schools has been working over the summer to prepare staff, buildings, and more for the first day.

The district will also begin the school year with a new superintendent, Dr. Lance Arbuckle, who was hired in February.

“This is an exciting time to be in education in the state of Arkansas. Lots of changes and a lot of good things are happening for kids,” Arbuckle said. “Here in Pocahontas, I believe we have become energized around what we can do for kids.”

He said safety would be a high priority this year.

“We’ve got four campuses, and within those four campuses, we have three SROs that we work with the city. We work really closely not only with our police department but also with our fire department to make sure we are prepared for whatever comes in our direction,” he said.

Arbuckle said the staff is looking forward to welcoming the Redskins back to campus.