Cabot School District students took center stage Thursday night at the Cabot School Board meeting as the board recognized academic achievement in students throughout the district.

Gifted and Talented program director Aaron Randolph recognized Rebecca Davis, Hayden Elliott, Clay Killingworth, Celina Miranda and Emily Riley for their achievement as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.

Miranda was also recognized as one of 20 students statewide to be selected for the Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team. The program recognizes students for academic achievement, as well as leadership skills and community involvement.

Randolph also recognized Knowledge Master Teams from Cabot Middle School North and South for placing first and third in the state in the online competition, which involved thousands of teams from around the world.

Wilbur Mills Co-op Quiz Bowl winners were also recognized. Randolph said teams from Cabot took two of three top spots, with the team from Cabot Middle School North placing first at the event, and the team from Cabot Middle School South placing third. Twelve teams competed in the quiz bowl.

Board members also approved the calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. The first day of school for students will be Aug. 19, and the full schedule is available at the district’s website —

Construction improvements are ongoing in the district, and board members reviewed plans for several projects, including the track resurfacing project at Cabot High School. Deputy superintendent Harold Jeffcoat told members that a pre-construction meeting for the track was held in the days before the meeting.

Jeffcoat also distributed drawings for the board to review of a parking lot to be added at Ward Central Elementary. The new lot will add 60 parking spaces.

Board member Corey Williams was absent from the meeting.

The board will meet again for next month’s meeting on May 21 at the district’s Central Administrative Office.