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The Little Rock School Board has voted 6-1 to select Dexter Suggs Sr., the chief of staff for Indianapolis Public Schools, as the next superintendent of the Little Rock School District.

At a special meeting Tuesday evening, Jody Carreiro motioned to select Suggs, who was interviewed along with three other candidates: Walter Milton Jr., superintendent of the Springfield, Ill., school system; Stefanie Phillips, who most recently was deputy superintendent in the Clayton County, Ga., public schools; and Connie Hathorn, superintendent of the Youngstown public-school system in Ohio.

Five other board members were in favor of the selection, with Michael Nellums voting no.

The Little Rock board hired the Omaha-Neb.-based McPherson & Jacobson recruiting firm for $21,500 plus expenses to help with the search, including finding applicants. Nine people applied.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Archived Comments

  • tppt2aolcom
    March 5, 2013 at 8:36 p.m.

    Having lived in Central Illinois for 15 years, after 30 years of residence in Little Rock, I am happy to see that Walter Milton was not selected for the Little Rock School District Superintendent. Mr. Milton's administration in Springfield has been plagued with poor administration, sloppy financial policies and arrogance. I don't know much about the other candidates, but you dodged a bullet by passing on Milton.

  • Populist
    March 5, 2013 at 8:44 p.m.

    God Bless. I hope he is the answer to Little Rock's prayers. He and our schools need the backing of the entire community. Little Rock and its schools need to be turned around. Let us all help in this effort.

  • RaylanGivens
    March 5, 2013 at 8:45 p.m.

    Milton and Hathorn both seemed to be bad choices; I think this was a good choice

  • HM2
    March 5, 2013 at 8:55 p.m.

    The question I have is why can't the statew of Arkansas pick a school board superintendent fom our own state? why do we have to settle for other peoples problems?

  • JakeTidmore
    March 5, 2013 at 10:21 p.m.

    Get Nellums off the board next election. After his fiasco at PCSSD, he should have resigned from the board. Usually school boards will vote unanimously when the majority decide and this is to show that they're together. Nellums is being a bad sport about the whole thing.

    I still would like to know why Milton was recommended despite several problems associated with him and his work.

  • gunny55
    March 6, 2013 at 7:18 a.m.

    Why did we pay over 20,000 dollars to find someone out of state? Why did we have to hire someone to find someone for the job in the first place. With the economy so bad and most Arkansans not making as much as it took to find someone for this job I think the State showed poor judgement in the way this was handled. The tax payers shouild demand an accounting for this.

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