PCSSD fires superintendent, appoints interim replacement

PCSSD fires superintendent at board meeting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Special School District fired Superintendent Dr. Jerry Guess Tuesday afternoon after a special meeting was called to discuss cutting the district's partnership with the Robert P. Allen Law Firm.

The board said they felt there had been deals done without their knowledge.

Dr. Guess said he and the firm have made huge steps for the district together and he refused to work with another law firm.

“I would say the board is displeased with recent events they believe that the motion filed in Judge Marshal's court would have resulted in the eventual loss in the district's boundaries,” said Guess.

Guess said the board is more interested in maintaining boundaries than achieving unitary status.

“If a declaration of unitary had been accelerated we would have avoided two years or more of litigation and save money but also would have been out from under court supervision and if we were out from under court supervision then the boundaries were no longer protected,” he said.

The board appointed Dr. Janice Warren to immediately take over as interim Superintendent until June 30, 2018.

She has been in the education field for 38 years, serving as superintendent in Crossett for ten years, and working in Pulaski County for the last 5 years. Dr. Warren said she's ready to hit the ground running.

“My steps beginning in the morning to ensure that first day of school on August 14th when all of our student's arrive, that they arrive with classroom teachers, and everything they need that will encompass a successful school year for 2017/2018,” she said.

Dr. Warren also said since she is familiar with the district and she knows what their vision is and she will be able to see it through.

She said the focus for this school year will be student learning and achievement.

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