Interim Leader Named For New Jacksonville District

Dec 11, 2014

A former superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District will be the temporary head of a breakaway district.

Voters in Jacksonville this year approved the creation of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District. The new district's board on Wednesday named Bobby Lester as its interim superintendent.

Lester was the superintendent of the Pulaski County district for 15 years. School Board President danie Gray says Lester has long supported separating schools in the far northeast part of Pulaski County.

Little Rock television station KATV reported the district must still work out how a permanent superintendent will be hired. Also pending are setting millage rates and carving out assets for the new district.

Because of a long-running desegregation lawsuit, a federal judge will review the actions next week.