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story.lead_photo.caption School Board President Joe Bates hands Norphlet Middle School Principal Keith Coleman his plaque of service before his retirement. Michael Shine/News-Times

As part of the Smackover-NAs part of the Smackover-Norphlet School Board meeting on Tuesday night, the board recognized those retiring from the district at the end of the school year.

Board President Joe Bates started with the those in the schools who are retiring:

Smackover Elementary School fifth grade teacher Isabelle Gathright will be retiring after four years in the district.

Smackover High School Counselor Cheryl Corly will be retiring after 31 years in the district.

Paraprofessional with Smackover Preschool Marsha Moore will be retiring.

Norphlet Middle School Principal Keith Coleman will be retiring after 29 years in the district and 38 years in education.

Along with those in the schools who are retiring, the board also recognized board member Kim Key who has served in that position for a year. Her position on the board is up for election, however nobody has filed to run for it, which means the school district will find an appointment.

The last person the board recognized was John Gross, who has been serving as superintendent throughout the school year while the board searched for a new superintendent.

“One of the biggest assets to our district in the past year and we appreciate everything you’ve done,” Bates said. “Thank you, Mr. Gross.”

The board also recognized John Gross for taking on the role of superintendent for the school year while the board searched for a new one.
The board also recognized John Gross for taking on the role of superintendent for the school year while the board searched for a new one.

Michael Shine may be reached at 870-862-6611 or [email protected]

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