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AD search continues at North Little Rock

The North Little Rock School district has been busy. Not only in putting a new superintendent and assistant superintendent in place, but they are also in the process of hiring a new athletic director, and the process is moving along smoothly according to Gregg Thompson, Administrative Director of Human Resources.

“We’ve got a good group of applicants,” Thompson said. “We are finishing interviews now and we will meet [Wednesday] with the interview team and go over anyone else they may want to interview.”

One interview happening Wednesday will be in house when the team talks with Gary Davis, who is currently the Assistant Principal at West Campus.

Thompson said hiring criteria includes a valid Arkansas teaching certificate as well as a preference of experience in coaching and administration.

“We list that as preferences to leave us with some flexibility,” Thompson said.

The new leader will inherit a school that is coming off one of it’s most successful athletic years in it’s history with state titles in basketball and softball as well as conference championships in baseball and football.

“We’ve got the best group of coaches ever assembled here,” Thompson said. “We want an athletic director to go along with them.”

Incoming superintendent Kelly Rogers has been working tirelessly according to Thompson even before his contract takes effect.

Thompson said the athletic director’s position would be very demanding on the candidate selected with the overseeing of the construction of new facilities to go along with the Wildcat Foundation and the day to day operations of the department.

“He will wear many hats,” Thompson said. “We are looking for someone who will take this department to the next level.”

The “next level” is defined as being consistently competitive as they were in the 2012-13 academic year.

“We want this success every year,” Thompson said. “Not just every 10-15 years.”

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