by Max Brantley
Arkansas Education Director Tom Kimbrell has named Frank Anthony, the retired Pine Bluff school superintendent, to lead the Dollarway School District. It was taken over by the state yesterday for multiple deficiencies.
Kimbrell's announcement on the jump. Anthony retired last June after 12 years leading Pine Bluff.
PS — Yes, Anthony was one of the public employees who retired then was rehired a month later in a way that allowed him to draw both pay and pension. He's now fully retired, however, and he's well past any limits in state law that prevent his hiring for another school job while drawing retirement pay.
Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom W. Kimbrell announced Tuesday the appointment of Frank Anthony to serve as superintendent of the Dollarway School District for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year and the 2012-2013 school year. Anthony has worked in Arkansas as an education administrator at the school district and state levels.
“I believe Mr. Anthony is the right person to ensure that the students of Dollarway receive the education they deserve and that will prepare them to be college- and career-ready,” Kimbrell said.
The state assumed control of the district when the Arkansas State Board of Education voted Monday to remove the Dollarway School District superintendent and the school board and to reconstitute the school district under Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-15-207.
The State Board action was in response to the district’s high school having violated the state’s standards of accreditation for two consecutive years. The district has allowed at least one of its schools to have a probationary finding eight of the last 10 years. The district is also on the state’s fiscal distress watch list and lost more than $1 million in federal school improvement funds.