Texarkana Arkansas School District Board Names New Superintendent

February 14, 2013 – Recently, Texarkana Arkansas School District’s Board of Education announced the new superintendent for TASD. After interviewing three candidates recommend by the McPherson and Jacobson LLC search firm, Becky Kesler was named Superintendent of Schools. She will succeed Russell Sapaugh who announced his retirement in January.

Mrs. Kesler has served as the Assistant Superintendent in TASD for seven years. Prior to her service as Assistant Superintendent, she was the Human Resource manager. Mrs. Kesler has also served as a principal at Union Elementary. In 1986, she earned a Bachelors of Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce and went on to earn a teaching certification from A&M in 1991. After obtaining her Master of Science from A&M, Mrs. Kesler received her superintendent certification from A&M-Texarkana in May 2006. She is expected to complete her doctorate work in May of 2013.

“Mrs. Kesler is the perfect person to step into the superintendent position at TASD,” said BOE President Carol Dalby. “With new initiatives, such as Common Core, coming from the State, it is vital that we place the right person in this position.” Dalby stated that the board is certain in their choice of Mrs. Kesler, and confident that under her leadership TASD will continue to provide quality education to all students. “She possesses the right combination of education and leadership experience along with knowledge of our community to take the district to the next level,” commented Dalby.

Mrs. Kesler is expected to step into her new role as superintendent on July 1, at which time she will enter into a two-year contract for 2013-2015. “I know firsthand as an education professional and as a parent that the Texarkana Arkansas School District is truly exceptional. Students in our schools thrive because they are afforded extraordinary educational experiences from outstanding administrators, teachers and staff,” Kesler said. “I am honored and excited to be the next superintendent of TASD.”

For more information please contact:
Genia Bullock
Texarkana Arkansas School District
Phone:  870-772-3371 Ext. 229
Fax:  870-773-2602
E-Mail: [email protected]

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