Fast forward: BV board buys out Clark, installs Powell as superintendent
The Berryville School District will be changing superintendents three months ahead of schedule.
At Monday night's meeting of the Berryville School Board, board members voted unanimously to buy out the remaining three months of Dr. Phil Clark's contract as superintendent, then voted unanimously to install Owen Powell as the interim superintendent.
Clark, who has served as Berryville's superintendent since July 2014, had submitted a letter of retirement to the board on Jan. 25, with an effective date of June 30. The board voted on Feb. 22 to promote Powell, currently the district's high school principal, to the superintendent's position effective July 1
Clark's tenure at Berryville was marked by personal tragedy -- his wife was diagnosed with cancer in April 2015 and died soon after -- and a sometimes tense relationship with the board.
Before coming to Berryville, Clark spent four years as a school improvement specialist for the Little Rock School District and also spent 13 years as a principal and assistant principal.
Powell, a graduate of Berryville High School, began working in the district as a football coach 17 years ago. He has served as high school principal for the last three years.