Lonoke Superintendent Suzanne Bailey resigned from her position at the school district on May 29.
Despite the School Board being less than forthcoming about her departure, Bailey seems pleased with her upcoming career advancement.
“It isn’t official yet, because I won’t start until July 1 but I have taken a job at ASU-Beebe,” Bailey said of the Arkansas State University campus. “I’ve taken an academic dean job there.”
Bailey, who has been at the district for five years, said she was “excited” about the new opportunity.
Prior to her arrival at Lonoke, Bailey served two years as Superintendent for the Waldron School District in Scott County, two years as the superintendent of the Maynard School District in Randolph County, four years as the principal of Newport Junior High School in Jackson County and was the Carlisle Elementary School principal for four years.
Bailey graduated from Beebe High School in 1987. In 1991, she earned a bachelor’s from University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She later earned a master’s degree, from Harding University in Searcy, followed by her doctorate.
Bailey’s resignation has not yet been accepted by the Lonoke School Board, the board began interviewing for the superintendent’s position last week.
Secrecy surrounding Bailey’s resignation stemmed following a special meeting held on April 27. Following the meeting, all questions were referred to board president Darrell Park. Despite multiple requests for minutes from the meeting and later special meetings, Park said on Monday night, the minutes from the April 27 meeting, were still not ready. Board members did confirm following the meeting, a 4-2 vote was taken during the April 27 meeting to leave Bailey’s contract as is.
Park and Tony Kellybrew voted against leaving Bailey’s contract as it was. Anne Swint, Mike Brown, Ross Moore and Angelia Sumner voted for the motion. Extending Bailey’s contract had been on the agenda for the April 17 regular board meeting, but no action was taken.
With Bailey’s resignation and interviews for the position underway, it is unclear why the board did not accept her resignation following a near one hour executive session on Monday. According to Park, the board did not arrive at any decision during executive session.
Yet another special meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday night and Park said it was for the purpose of interviews with those likely being for Bailey’s replacement.
Also during that same meeting, the board unanimously approved to:
-Pay the bus insurance invoice of $17, 135 from Arkansas Insurance Department of Little Rock
-Pay the invoice of $10,295 to the U of A Cooperative Extension service Arkansas 4-H center of Little Rock
-Authorize the memorandum of understanding to pay OrthoArkansas $25,000 for services in the 2016-2017 school year.
-Pay $92,695.41 to the Arkansas School Board Association Risk Management of Little Rock
-Pay an invoice of $27, 743.75 to First National Bank of Lawrence County
- Accepted the May 15 and May 22 financials and meeting minutes
- Accepted the petition if two student transfers to the school district
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 17 in the administration building.