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Mrachek Named Director of Child Nutrition

Posted by Alan on June 23, 2016 9:36 AM | (Not Filed) |

Ally Mrachek.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education approved the appointment of Ally Mrachek as Director of Child Nutrition for the district for the 2016-17 school year. Mrachek served as Interim Director for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year when former Director Morgan Stout resigned to accept another position earlier in the year.

 


Watkins Named New Principal at Ramay Jr. High

Posted by Alan on June 23, 2016 9:04 AM | (Not Filed) |

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The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the hiring of David Watkins as the principal of Ramay Jr. High, effective July 1, 2016.

"We are excited to welcome an educational leader of Mr. Watkins stature to our school district," said incoming superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt. "He is a proven, highly effective administrator, and, as a former Ramay student, he fully appreciates the culture and proud history of Ramay."

Watkins is currently the principal at Kimmons Jr. High School in Fort Smith, a position he has held since 2010. He will replace current Ramay principal Lori Linam, who is resigning to care for a family member.

"I want to say how happy I am to be a part of the Fayetteville School District," said Watkins. "It is an honor and privilege to be selected as Principal of Ramay Junior High. I look forward to the upcoming school year and getting to know the faculty and students while we work together to continue our mission of providing the best education possible.

Watkins earned a bachelor's in education from the University of Arkansas in 1993, a master's in educational leadership from Arkansas Tech University in 2002, and an educational specialist degree from the Arkansas Tech in 2007. He has also completed the Master Principal Institute, phases I and II.

Prior to serving as the principal at Kimmons, Watkins served as assistant principal at Southside High School and at Butterfield and Darby Jr. High Schools in Ft. Smith. He has also served as classroom teacher and coach.

FPS Receives Six National PR Awards

Posted by Alan on June 21, 2016 2:20 PM | (Not Filed) |

nspra_logo_0.pngFayetteville Public Schools won six awards in the 2016 National School PR Association's Publications and Electronic Media Awards. School districts across the U.S. and Canada submitted their best work to a panel of judges. FPS won awards for:

 

Excellence in E-Newsletter: FPS This Week

Award of Merit for Video-Produced In-House

Honorable Mention for Video-Produced In-House

Honorable Mention in Branding: Famous Alumni Posters

Frisinger Named New Happy Hollow Elementary Principal

Posted by Alan on June 8, 2016 9:12 AM | (Not Filed) |

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.--The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the hiring of Dondi Frisinger as the principal of Happy Hollow Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016.

"We are excited to welcome an educational leader of Mrs. Frisinger's caliber to our school district," said incoming superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt. "She brings a wealth of experience and a great passion for teaching. Happy Hollow Elementary will continue to flourish under her leadership."

Mrs. Frisinger is currently the principal at Walker Elementary School in Springdale, a position she has held since 2001. She will replace current Happy Hollow principal Sharon Pepple, who is retiring on June 30.

 "I am excited to join the Happy Hollow family and the Fayetteville team," said Frisinger. "It's my understanding that Sharon Pepple and the Happy Hollow faculty have established a strong, student-centered learning culture. I know I have "big" shoes to fill, and I look forward to the journey."

 

Mrs. Frisinger earned a bachelor's in elementary education from Missouri Southern State College in 1989, a master's in educational administration from the University of Arkansas in 1996, and a Certification in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1998. She also completed the Superintendency Program of Study from Harding University in 2009.

 

Prior to serving as the principal at Walker Elementary, Mrs. Frisinger served as assistant principal at George Elementary in Springdale and taught for eight years in the Rogers Public Schools.

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She was named the Arkansas Principal of the Year and National Distinguished Principal in 2014, and she was named the Rogers Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1995.

Weber Named Associate Superitendent for Teaching and Learning

Posted by Alan on June 8, 2016 8:53 AM | (Not Filed) |

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The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously on June 8 to approve the hiring of Dr. Steven Weber as the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Weber joins the administrative team of Dr. Kim Garrett, Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services, and John L Colbert, Associate Superintendent for Support Services, under the leadership of incoming superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt. "I am extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Weber to our team," said Dr. Wendt. "He is a national leader in curriculum and instruction and brings with him expertise in many areas from working in school districts and state departments of education."

As Associate Superintendent, Weber will provide leadership and direction for district curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accountability, including all academic departments. Weber replaces Kay Jacoby who is retiring on June 30 after 47 years in education, including serving in the Fayetteville Public Schools since 2011.

Dr. Weber formerly served as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His previous experience includes roles as principal, Director of Secondary Instruction, Social Studies Specialist, and elementary teacher. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University in 2016 and a master's in educational administration from Arkansas State University in 2010. He earned a bachelor's in elementary education from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock in 1996. He holds both Superintendent and Principal credentials.  Dr. Weber is a native of Springdale, Arkansas and is a graduate of Springdale High School.

He was elected in 2015 to serve on the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Board of Directors, and in 2014 he was elected Vice President of North Carolina chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Weber is the co-founder of Edcamp Elon, widely published in ASCD SmartBrief, and writes an education blog that has garnered over 34,000 hits. He was selected one of the "25 North Carolina Educators to Follow" on twitter (@curriculumblog). "I draw inspiration from being a connected educator," Weber said in a recent twitter education chat.

"I am honored to join Fayetteville Public Schools," said Dr. Weber. "The school district has strong support from families and community members.  I look forward to building on the strengths of the school district, while preparing each student for the next level.  We will collaborate with teachers, administrators, and families to support student understanding."

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