Jasper board making administrative changes | News

JASPER — Several administrative changes are being made in the Jasper School District as the board of education accepted resignations Monday night including an elementary school principal and the district’s curriculum coordinator.

The March meeting included an executive session to discuss personnel. In open session resignations were accepted from Dr. Bill Morelan, curriculum coordinator; David Dunlap, Jasper Elementary principal; Molly Hudson, Jasper K-12 music teacher and Oark 5th-6th grade literacy teacher, Danessa Stewart. All of these resignations will be effective at the end of their current 2018-19 contracts.

The board also accepted the resignation of Marilyn Willis, a cook at Jasper effective March 12.

Dr. Morelan has been with the school district about seven years. School District Superintendent Jeff Cantrell said the duties of curriculum coordinator will be absorbed into a new position, “Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.”

Dr. Morelan said he supports this change and will be actively involved in the transition process.

The board elected Dr. Candra Brasel to fill the new assistant superintendent position. She has 20 years of teaching experience. Dr. Brasel will come from the Huntsville School District, where she is currently principal of the Watson Primary School. She is a recent graduate of Arkansas Tech University where she earned her doctorate in educational leadership. She was a former science teacher at Jasper where she worked from 1999-2005.

Earlier, Kingston School Principal Marsha Shaver announced her retirement at the end of this school year. On Monday night, the school board elected her successor, Seth Villines. He currently is employed by the Bergman School District where he is teaching high school social studies. Villines received his bachelors in political science from Arkansas Tech University and is in his final semester for his masters in educational leadership. He also has past ties to the Jasper School District. He was a student teacher at Jasper in the fall of 2009. He has nine years of teaching experience.

Dunlap has been the Jasper Elementary principal for several years. Who the next principal will be has not been determined.

The other hiring made Monday night was that of Tim Slape to fill the Jasper cook’s position.

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