Arkansas Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell will appoint a new superintendent for the Mineral Springs-Saratoga School District and has dissolved the district's governing board.
Arkansas Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell will appoint a new superintendent for the Mineral Springs-Saratoga School District and has dissolved the district's governing board. Dr. Kimbrell took the action Thursday morning in a surprise appearance at the Mineral Springs district offices, according to an announcement by the state education department. “This action was necessary to keep Mineral Springs public schools operating and serving students despite the district's extreme financial difficulties,” Kimbrell said in a press statement. “Our number one concern is the education of the students in this community. For the future of the district, students and the staff, state action had to be taken now.” Kimbrell and education department staff secured district records, and Mineral Springs Interim Superintendent Bill Blackwood will be retained until Kimbrell appoints a new superintendent for the district, according to the department announcement. Kimbrell's action was taken under the Omnibus Quality Education Act of 2003, the announcement said. The district has been under supervision by the state since being placed in “fiscal distress” in December, 2012, by the state education board.