More than 100 Maumelle area business leaders met on Monday, Feb. 18 with Maumelle High School and Pulaski County Special School District officials to explore areas where they could work together to support the high school.

Adam Henderson, local banker and president of the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce said, “As President of the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce, it is a great honor for the Chamber to build such a strong partnership with the Maumelle High School. It was such a great feeling of community yesterday as numerous business leaders/members of the Chamber attended the partnership kickoff meeting.

The large turnout of local business leaders just proves how vital the success of our local High School is to continuing our great quality of life in OUR community, MAUMELLE.”

Retired investment executive Jamie Stell, who also retired from the Maumelle City Council last month said the meeting was the most impressive meeting he’s attended since he moved to Maumelle decades ago.

“The group has potential – an awful lot of potential,” Stell said.

He said he was especially impressed with principal Becky Guthrie’s presentation and ideas.

Chamber executive director Julianne Cole thanked those who took time out of a busy Monday to attend.

“It was incredible to see how many business leaders took time away from their busy schedules to provide input on how to best prepare students for jobs in the 21st century. The enthusiasm and support for this new partnership is overwhelming. I am very excited about our chamber, our community and our educators & future leaders at Maumelle High School,” Cole said.

The group met around lunchtime in the high school’s large classroom that doubles as a community meeting place capable of hold around 150 people. Following a Powerpoint presentation from Gutherie the group broke into smaller groups for lunch and for a discussion on specific ideas and questions.

The group met again to compare notes from the breakout sessions, Stell said.

Everyone involved said this is a long term venture which will continue for years.