Per­son­nel shifts tabled by NLR School Board

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS - CYN­THIA HOW­ELL

The North Lit­tle Rock School Board has de­layed un­til its July 26 meet­ing a de­ci­sion on re­or­ga­niz­ing the dis­trict’s cen­tral of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Bobby Ack­lin said Fri­day that the board tabled a vote on his pro­posed ad­min­is­tra­tive changes at a spe­cial meet­ing and work ses­sion Thurs­day night, when the board also rat­i­fied Ack­lin’s one-year con­tract. The pro­posed changes in­clude the ap­point­ment of Karli Saracini from ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources to as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent.

In ad­di­tion to Saracini, Ack­lin has rec­om­mended that Dar­rick Wil­liams, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Meadow Park Ele­men­tary, be pro­moted to ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources.

Ack­lin is also propos­ing that Lori Smith, prin­ci­pal at Crest­wood Ele­men­tary, be­come ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ele­men­tary cur­ricu­lum, as­sess­ments and ac­count­abil­ity. Pre­vi­ously, Rosie Cole­man was the dis­trict’s di­rec­tor of ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion, but she re­tired ear­lier this sum­mer.

Also among the ad­min­is­tra­tive changes are pro­pos­als that prin­ci­pals Shanda Cole­man and Steve Orobona switch places, with Cole­man mov­ing to Boone Park Ele­men­tary and Orobona mov­ing to In­dian Hills Ele­men­tary.

The School Board se­lected Ack­lin to be the in­terim leader of the 8,000-stu­dent North Lit­tle Rock dis­trict last month.

His now board-rat­i­fied con­tract pro­vides an an­nual salary of $175,000, he said Fri­day.

Ack­lin was an as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent in the dis­trict for 24 years be­fore leav­ing the sys­tem in 2013 when he was ap­pointed by then-Arkansas Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sioner Tom Kim­brell to head the state-con­trolled Dol­lar­way School Dis­trict in Jef­fer­son County.

He later served as su­per­in­ten­dent of the War­ren School Dis­trict. Most re­cently he worked as a trainer for the Arkansas Pub­lic School Re­source Cen­ter, as­sist­ing novice teach­ers in cen­tral Arkansas char­ter schools.

Ack­lin suc­ceeds Su­per­in­ten­dent Kelly Rodgers in the North Lit­tle Rock job. Rodgers and School Board mem­bers in early June signed a “Sep­a­ra­tion Agree­ment” in which the board com­mit­ted to pro­vide Rodgers with $213,000 in re­turn for his June 30 res­ig­na­tion and his pledge not to sue the dis­trict.

Rodgers worked for the dis­trict for five years and had one school year left on what started as a three-year con­tract at the time of the sep­a­ra­tion agree­ment.

The $213,000 buy­out con­sisted of Rodgers’ $185,000 an­nual salary plus $24,500 to his de­ferred com­pen­sa­tion plan and $3,273.60 for 54.56 ac­crued, un­used sick leave days.

Ack­lin was an as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent in the dis­trict for 24 years be­fore leav­ing the sys­tem in 2013.

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