Former Lonoke School District superintendent John Tackett was hired as the interim superintendent during a special board meeting on April 19.

Tackett was given a one-year contract by the Lonoke School Board. He replaces Merle Dickerson, who resigned on April 16 due to personal reasons.

Tackett served as middle school principal, high school principal and superintendent during his 17 years at the Lonoke School District. Tackett resigned in 2012 to work as director of secondary education for the Pulaski County Special School District.