Lonoke High School has a new principal.
The Lonoke School Board, after an hour-long executive session, unanimously voted to hire Marc Sherrell to replace Phynaus Wilson as LHS principal. Wilson retired following the 2012-13 school year. The school board met in a special meeting Monday night.
Sherrell is currently an assistant principal at Blytheville Primary School.
Sherrell comes to Lonoke with a diverse professional background.
Previous to working in Blytheville, he worked for year at the Missouri School for the Severely Disabled as the kindergarten through 12th grade principal in Clarkston, Mo.; he was a resource teacher and coach at Valley View High School in Jonesboro during the 2010-11 school year; he taught special education and coached at Kennett Middle School and High School in Kennett, Mo., from 2006-10; from 2005-2009, he was a teacher and coach at Maiden High School in Maiden, Mo.
Sherrell has worked for the Social Security Administration and the Missouri Division of Family Services. He also served four years in the Air Force after graduating from Kennett High School in 1991.
Sherrell said he was interested in coming to Lonoke because he thought Lonoke was similar to his hometown of Kennett.
“I know there are a lot of similarities there,” Sherrell said during an interview Tuesday. “Right now, I’m an assistant primary principal. My goal was to get to the high school level. So, this is taking me to where I want to be. This is something that I want to do for a while. Maybe, years down the road, I’ll move up to a being a superintendent.”
Sherrell said he has no plans of being anywhere else other than Lonoke currently.
“I don’t want to see myself anywhere else until my daughter at least graduates high school,” he said, referring to his daughter, who will be in the seventh grade. “If Lonoke loves me, I’ll stay here as long as I’m welcome.”
Sherrell said he wants to work with superintendent Suzanne Bailey and support her vision for Lonoke High School through himself.
“I want to get a sense of ownership,” he said. “I want the teachers to take pride in what they do. I want the students to take pride in what they do. I want it to be there school and I just manage it. I want the teachers and the students to be a big part in what is going on. I want them to set the direction. I just want them to feel like they are a vital piece of making this a successful school.”
Sherrell said he is impressed with the facilities in the Lonoke School District, including the two-year old high school, the middle school and the Gina Cox Center.
“I’m happy to be here and ready to get moved down here,” Sherrell said.
Also during the special meeting Monday, the board accepted the resignation of four teachers — Claire Vann, middle school career orientation; Chad E. Sparks, Junior ROTC instructor; Lindy Hearn, middle school special education; and Dana Davis, alternative learning environment.
The board also approved the transfer of Stacy Duncan from 10th grade English to C.O.R.E. Program English and history.
School board members in attendance were Darrell Park, Rick Pennington, Tony Kelleybrew, Eddie Pennington, Mike Brown and Matt Boyles.