Many area students returned to school today after the winter storm that has kept them home this week, including those attending Central Elementary School. The students were planning to celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America this week, but the events have been postponed until next week. Monday will feature hat day, students are encouraged to wear crazy socks on Tuesday, wear red, black and white for the Cat in the Hat on Wednesday and dress as a Dr. Seuss character on Thursday. Pajama day was held today as scheduled, but will also be held next Friday as well. Several kindergarten students pose with an inflatable birthday cake this morning to say "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!" The students, front row from left,are: Laney Guzman, Daviun Harris, Demoris Drake and Dalilah Boyd; and back row, Tianna Lee and Madison Jones. Photo by Alan Smith.
BROOKS, HARDRICK, BROWN MAKE FINAL CUT
Members of the Forrest City School Board met in a special called meeting Thursday evening to review the 10 applications received for the superintendent’s position in the Forrest City School District.
After more than two hours of deliberations, the board voted to bring Dr. Roy Brooks of Little Rock, Dr. Terrence Brown of Memphis and Dr. Tiffany Hardrick of Clifton, N.J. in for interviews.
Since the meeting concerned the hiring of an employee, the majority of the meeting was held in executive session at the FCSD Administration Office.
Board president Joey Astin opened the meeting at 5:30 p.m., with members Dion Wilson, Sandra Taylor, Pierre Evans and Will Harris in attendance. Astin announced that members Larry Jayroe and Marvin Metcalf had notified Astin they would be unable to attend the meeting. Astin reopened the meeting about 7:40 p.m.
"I have a recommendation as far as our finalists go," said Astin. "I'd recommend Roy Brooks, Tiffany Hardrick and Terrence Brown as our finalists."
Taylor made the motion to accept Astin's recommendation, which was seconded by Wilson. The vote was unanimous to accept the finalists.
The board is scheduled to begin its interview process on Thursday, March 20.
The other candidates who applied, but were not selected, included Ray Nasser of Marion, Craig Stevens of Norman, Okla., Gheric Bruce of West Memphis, Steve Morris of Wynne, David Tollett of Hot Springs, Daniel Slack of El Dorado Springs, Mo., and Don Collins of Prescott.
Copies of the applications that were submitted by the three finalists, as well as the seven other candidates, were provided after the meeting.
Information sent by Brooks shows that he is currently an education consultant who received his doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in 1991. He is a former superintendent in the Sumter County School System in Americus, Ga., the Little Rock School District and an area superintendent for the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla. Brooks was also chief executive officer for eStem Public Charter Schools in Little Rock and principal in Orange County.
Brown was the Southeast Regional Superintendent of Memphis City Schools until July of 2013. He received his doctorate in education from the University of Memphis in 2000. Other than his time as Regional Superintendent, Brown was principal at Kingsbury High School and Lanier High School, both in Memphis. He was also an assistant principal at Trezevant CTC and Northside High School, also both in Memphis.
Hardrick is the assistant superintendent for Newark Public Schools in Newark, N.J. She received her doctorate from Capella University in Minnesota in 2007. Before her position in Newark, Hardrick was the co-founder and principal of Miller McCoy Academy-RSD in New Orleans, La., principal of Lanier Middle School-MCSD in Memphis, a teacher at Treadwell High School-MCSD in Memphis, and was director of Distance Learning at East Arkansas Community College.
In other business, Astin reminded the group that a grievance hearing will be held on Monday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m., at the Forrest City Junior High School.