education notebook


Thomas takes over

Arkadelphia Post

Nikki Thomas, superintendent of the Gurdon School District since July 2020 but a 21-year-old former employee of the Arkadelphia School District, returns to the Arkadelphia District as superintendent, effective July 1.

Thomas replaces Karla Neathery, who served as head of the Arkadelphia school system since 2019. Neathery was selected in February to serve as superintendent of the Sheridan School District beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

Thomas began her career at Arkadelphia as a teacher at Goza Middle School and has served as Principal of each of Arkadelphia’s current campuses as well as Vice-Principal at Arkadelphia High School, according to information released by the district. Thomas also worked in the Bismarck School District as a K-12 program coordinator.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Ouachita Baptist University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Henderson State University. Thomas is currently enrolled at Arkansas Tech University and is working on a doctorate in instructional leadership.

LR, special Pulaski

councils change dates

The Little Rock and Pulaski County Special School District School Boards have changed their typical meeting dates for this month.

The Pulaski County Special School District School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday for its regular monthly business meeting. Scheduling conflicts resulted in the meeting being held a week early.

The Little Rock School Board, which had to postpone its regular May 26 monthly meeting to accommodate abrupt changes in high school graduation schedules, now has a hectic agenda to tackle at a meeting in 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Monday deadline

Monday is the application deadline for the state’s Succeed Scholarship Program, which provides more than $7,000 a year to help cover tuition and private school fees for kindergarten students. to grade 12 who meet the eligibility requirements.

Students who have been diagnosed with a disability or who live with a host family or who are dependents of active military personnel are among those eligible for public funding for private school tuition.

The application period began on May 31.

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the amount of scholarships available, scholarships may be awarded through a random lottery.

Remaining applications will be kept on file if additional scholarships become available during the school year, but will not be kept beyond the current school year if a scholarship is not awarded.

The application portal is available at https://bit.ly/3tbZnIg.

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