Pulaski County, AR – In a unanimous vote of the Pulaski County Special School District Board in its regularly scheduled meeting last night, Dr. Jerry Guess, the superintendent, had his contract extended.
Guess, whose previous contract was scheduled to end after the 2017-2018 school year, will now have a contract ending after 2018-2019, though it could be renewed again.
Dr. Linda Remele, the board’s president, said Guess has brought “stable leadership” to the district and the board wants to continue that.
Guess, previously superintendent for the Camden-Fairview School District, was appointed as superintendent six years ago by then Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell when the district was placed in fiscal distress and under state control.
Late last year, the district was restored to local control, and a new board of education was elected last November.
“Guess has righted the fiscal ship,” Remele said. “He has dealt with issues like the successful separation of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District from PCSSD and has made major strides toward resolving the longstanding desegregation court case. The board wanted to ensure stability at this critical time,” she said.
Guess said there is much work to do, including the building of two new schools – Robinson Middle School and Mills University Studies High School, slated to open in 2018 – and a bond extension in process to replace Sylvan Hills High School, which would open in 2019 if passed.
“I have the pleasure of working with an outstanding leadership team in addition to talented teachers and support staff. Part of this contract means we can continue the successes we have begun,” Guess said.
“The district is positioned to enjoy a long period of growth, and I’m excited to be part of that,” he added.