Several resigning, retiring from Arkadelphia Schools

A slew of educators, including a principal and all three band directors, are leaving Arkadelphia Public Schools after fulfilling their contracts at the end of this school year.

Following a 50-minute executive session, the Arkadelphia Board of Education reconvened in public Tuesday during its regular meeting to accept the following resignations:

Karla Neathery, superintendent

Andrew Steely, teacher/coach at Goza

Heather Williams, principal at Perritt

Lauren Patterson, fourth grade teacher at Peake

Brian Fowler, assistant band director at Goza

Whitney Smith, assistant band director at Goza

Sarah Fowler, choral teacher at AHS and Goza

The school board also announced three educators who’ve given intent to retire on June 30:

Donald Williams, athletic director and head boys basketball coach

Aaron Seel, band director at AHS

Brenda Moss, paraprofessional at Goza

The board also employed Joan Crowder as a secondary reading teacher at the high school. Crowder will begin her 190-day contract on Aug. 10.

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