The Fayetteville School District has received eight applications for the superintendent job, as the School Board reviewed the applicants Thursday night.
The school district released a list Thursday of the applicants, which includes three superintendents from Arkansas school districts---Robert Ross from Mansfield, Denny Rozenberg from Bearden and William Thurman from Cabot.
"This is our first opportunity to review the applications submitted, and we will see if we want to bring each person in for an interview," said School Board President Tim Hudson.
"For a school board member like myself, this is the most important thing we do," said board member Justin Eichmann. "We hire and supervise the superintendent. That's our main role."
The other five applicants include Larrie Reynolds, superintendent for Mount Olive Township School District in New Jersey; Greg Rockhold, principal of Tse' Bit' Ai Middle School in Shiprock, N.M.; Doug Powers, superintendent of Maize Public Schools in Kansas; Eric David Ely, former superintendent for Southbridge Public Schools in Massachusetts; and David Copeland, superintendent for Madison County Schools in Alabama.
(See the resumes of all the applicants below the story)
Fayetteville School Board members held a closed-door executive session at their Thursday night meeting, where they reviewed the superintendent applicants. Prospective candidates still have until March 31 to apply for the superintendent job, according to the school district.
"Certainly the hope is, word has gotten out and that the applications that we have received are people we would be interested in having more conversations with. It's exciting," Eichmann said.
Supt. Vicki Thomas announced her retirement from the Fayetteville School District in January. Her resignation is effective at the end of her contract, June 30. Thomas said she is moving to Texas to care for an ill family member.