Carr becomes 'ex-officio' ES?Schools superintendent

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Following the departure of Superintendent Reck Wallis from the Eureka Springs School District, the school board voted Thursday in a special meeting to name Wayne Carr as "ex-officio" superintendent for the rest of this school year.

Wallis' last functional day as superintendent was Feb. 11, said Board President Rusty Windle. Carr began informally taking over his duties last week.

However, even though Wallis is no longer at the school district, he will remain on the payroll until the end of the school year, taking accrued vacation time, Windle said.

Wallis, who has served as superintendent for 11 years, announced his retirement in October. Carr, the current elementary school principal, was approved at the board's December meeting to take over as superintendent, starting in July for the 2008-09 school year.

Asked why this handover of duties has occurred now, Windle replied, "We (including Wallis) mutually agreed this was the proper time for this to happen. We have a lot of personnel and other issues for the next school year. We have personnel hires, and since Wayne would be their boss, those have to be dealt with before this school year ends."

The district is looking at replacing Coach Hassell Bell and teachers Rod and Phyllis McGuire, and although the board has not announced official notice as of yet, the office has received the retirement notice of building trades teacher Larry Wicker.

In addition, the elementary school roof project is underway by Kinco Construction, with preliminary work beginning this week.

While taking on the superintendent's duties, Carr will continue to fill his role as principal with the assistance of the middle and high school principals.

The district announced the elementary principal job opening in January. Carr said 50-plus applications have been received, and so far four people have been interviewed.

The board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the administration building. The public is welcome to attend.

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