Education Log: Superintendent at Benton Chosen

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Superintendent at Benton Chosen

Kim Anderson has been chosen to be the superintendent of the Benton School District, which has 5,600 students, the district announced Wednesday.

Anderson, deputy district superintendent since 2017, has served as acting general manager since October.

That’s when the district school board announced it had decided to move in a different direction of leadership and that Mike Skelton, the district superintendent since 2016, was no longer in the role.

Anderson has been an educator for approximately three decades in roles including teacher, coach, library media specialist, technology coordinator, school improvement specialist, and professional development coordinator.

She has served as Deputy Superintendent of the Benton System since 2017, overseeing elementary schools, federal programs and categorical funding.

Davis resigns at Mount St. Mary

Patti Davis, president of Mount St. Mary Academy, an all-girls high school in Little Rock, announced last week that she was leaving the post she had held for three years.

“After careful consideration, I have made the decision to step down at the end of this school year to accept a new ministry in Catholic education as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Baton Rouge,” Davis wrote to the school community.

Plans to fill the vacant leadership position have not been finalized and will be announced later, Jamie Groat, director of communications and marketing for the school, said Friday.

LRSD’s Rutherford plans to retire

Randy Rutherford, Executive Director of Secondary Schools for the Little Rock School District, announced his intention to retire at the end of this school year.

Rutherford has held the position since 2019. Prior to that, he was principal of Parkview Arts and Sciences Magnet High School for three years.

In all, he has over 20 years of experience in the Little Rock District, but also served as Principal of North Little Rock High School and Superintendent of the Bryant School District from 2010-2014.

LISA in Springdale has an eye on funding

LISA Academy Springdale is on track to receive up to $1.15 million from a charter school program expansion subgrant from the Arkansas Public Schools Resource Center.

The LISA Academy charter school system has a K-8 campus in Springdale. The campus will receive the money if at least 60% of the students it serves qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.

These decisions are made based on its reports to the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education during its first year of operation as a public charter school.

The school is approved for enrollment up to 500.

“This funding will allow us to continue to improve educational options and programs for students in Northwest Arkansas,” said LISA Academy Superintendent Fatih Bogrek.

“Our team is excited to be able to provide enhanced instructional and technology resources, as well as expanded resources to support literacy initiatives for all students in the school, especially our English language learners,” Bogrek added.

The money will also be used for staff training, student behavior strategies and resources for arts and physical education, he said.

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