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— Twenty-two people had applied as of Thursday to be superintendent of the 801-student Rose Bud School District.

Current Rose Bud Superintendent Chris Nail will take over July 1 as the superintendent of the Beebe School District.

The deadline is June 19 to apply for the Rose Bud position.

The list of Arkansas applicants to date include the following:

• Tyler Broyles, assistant principal, Lisa Academy in Little Rock.

• Renata Bryant, school improvement specialist, Forrest City School District.

• Tim Bullington, assistant principal of Vilonia High School.

• Jay Chalk, Gravette High School principal.

• Andy Curry, superintendent of the Deer/Mount Judea School District.

• Jed Davis, head football coach/dean of students in the Marion School District and former Mayflower High School football coach.

• James Hancock, principal of Monticello Middle School.

• Eric Henderson, assistant principal of Heber Springs Middle School.

• Kenny Holland, principal of Lavaca Middle School.

• George Kennedy, superintendent of the Foreman School District.

• Luke Lovins, principal of Paragould High School.

• Michael Odom, high school principal, Nevada School District.

• Angela Olsen, North Central College instructor in Harrison.

• Rebecca Reed, principal of Cedarville Elementary School.

• Gary Rhinehart, elementary principal, Scranton School District.

• Marc Sherrell, director of support services and athletic director, Lonoke School District.

• Brad Slatton, boys basketball coach, Carlisle High School; and retired superintendent, Fort Elliott, Texas, School District.

• Johnny Taylor, boys basketball coach, Caddo Hills High School.

• Ann Webb, retired superintendent of the Cedar Ridge School District.

Out-of-state applicants are as follows:

• Nic Campagna, superintendent internship, Bloomfield Public School District in Connecticut.

• Bill Mullins, superintendent of the Marysville, Kansas, School District.

• Jeff Spaletta, secondary administrator, Kansas City Public Schools.

Wade Weatherley, president of the Rose Bud School District board, said he is looking for an administrator “who will keep us going in the direction we’re already headed, financially and test scores.”

“Of course, that’s why we’re all in this, for our kids.”

Weatherley said Nail has done an “excellent job” of setting the course.

“I’m definitely going to miss him. I’d love for him to stay,” Weatherley said.

Nail was hired as Rose Bud’s superintendent in March 2016, and his annual salary is $109,300, plus the use of a school vehicle and a house with utilities paid. In Beebe, he was given a 248-day contract and a starting salary of $140,000, plus a vehicle. The Beebe school district has 3,200 students.

Belinda Shook, who has been the Beebe superintendent for 13 years, will retire at the end of the school year.

Nail said the Beebe School District’s positive reputation is one reason he applied for the position.

“It has a reputation of being a very good school; then when you drive up to Beebe schools, the facilities are unbelievable. I’ve always been told their staff is one of the best staffs in the state,” he said.

Senior writer Tammy Keith can be reached at (501) 327-0370 or


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