Dr. Jerry Guess named as new superintendent for Pulaski County Special School District

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After dissolving the Pulaski County Special School board and firing its superintendent, the State's Education Commissioner has named a replacement.

    Camden-Fairview's superintendent Dr. Jerry Guess will take over.

    "I'm 60 years old and don't plan to retire soon, I hope," says Dr. Jerry Guess. "I have no reason to doubt those kids can get a great quality of education," says Guess.

    Since the district is in fiscal distress, Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell dissolved the school board and fired Superintendent Dr. Charles Hopson, and then appointed interim superintendent Bobby Lester, last week.

    Guess says his priority is to prepare for the first day of school.

    "Everything means everything. Bus routes, text books, desks. Making sure cafeterias are prepared and floors are cleaned," says Guess.

    Guess is under a one-year contract and is in charge of getting the district out of fiscal distress within two years and if Kimbrell sees he's moving in the right direction, he could extend his contract.

    In the meantime, he hopes to boost morale in the district that has had 8 superintendents in 12 years.

    "I have been an educator for 34 years in Arkansas, having spent 33 years in the same place. So, I think I bring a message of stability," says Guess.

    Guess starts July 5 and will make $215,000.

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