by Max Brantley
Just in from the North Little Rock School District:
The North Little Rock Board of Education named Kelly Rodgers, Superintendent of Schools Wednesday evening with a unanimous vote in a Special Board meeting. Mr. Rodgers has been Superintendent of Schools in Terrell Independent School District in Terrell, Texas.
During his tenure as Superintendent of the Terrell Independent School District (ISD), Mr. Rodgers reorganized the curriculum process, guided the District to acquire the designation of a STEM Academy, and passed a Bond to fund a new Career & Technical Campus. Prior to working as Superintendent in Terrell, Texas, Mr. Rodgers worked in Texas as Superintendent in Center ISD and Assistant Superintendent in DeKalb ISD where he increased fund balances in the school district, passed a bond for a new elementary campus, and rebuilt campuses after tornado damage. Kelly Rodgers worked as Principal of Pleasant Grove High School from 1992 to 1997 and Pleasant Grove Middle School from 1990 to 1992, and Assistant Principal of Pleasant Grove High School from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Rodgers worked as a Band Director in the Pleasant Grove ISD from 1985 to 1987 and in the Texarkana ISD from 1979 to 1985.
Mr. Rodgers accepted a three-year contract, the longest allowed by law, at a salary of $ 185,000. Kelly Rodgers and his wife, Gail, have three grown sons: Brent, Bradley and Brandon. Mr. Rodgers said he was honored to be selected as Superintendent of the North Little Rock School District.
Current superintendent Ken Kirspel is retiring at the end of this year. The School Board interiewed five finalists, including two from the district.