Fayetteville School Board Interviews First Superintendent Candidate

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Fayetteville School Board members had a “productive” meeting Monday night with an applicant for the school district’s open superintendent job, said School Board President Tim Hudson.

Board members held a closed-door interview with Tony Thurman, one of eight declared applicants so far for the superintendent post. Thurman is the first applicant interviewed for the job, and the School Board will conduct other interviews in the near future, Hudson said.

Thurman is a University of Arkansas at Monticello graduate who has been superintendent for the Cabot School District since 2007. He had been a principal for the school district since 2000, according to his resume.

Hudson said Thurman was interviewed because of his “compelling” application and his body of work as an educator in Arkansas. No other in-person interviews have yet been scheduled, he said.

Monday at midnight marked the deadline for applicants. The Fayetteville School District released the applications and resumes March 20 of those who had applied for the superintendent job. A “handful” of job candidates have applied since then, including a few over this past weekend, Hudson said.

Thurman is one of the three applicants for the job who are superintendents for school districts in Arkansas. Robert Ross from Mansfield and Denny Rozenberg from Bearden also applied.

The other five declared 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.

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.

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