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story.lead_photo.caption Jody Wiggins

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The School Board Thursday night hired Jody Wiggins as the district's next superintendent.

He'll replace Ken Ramey, who announced in January his retirement in June after a 52-year career in education.

Wiggins is the district's assistant superintendent. School Board members voted unanimously to give him a three-year contract with an annual salary of $155,765. The salary is specified in the district's salary schedule based on his experience and education. He will take the role of superintendent July 1.

"I am excited to be offered the job, and I'm honored to follow Mr. Ramey in this position," Wiggins said. "He has done a lot of great things for this district. I just hope to be able to continue a lot of those things and add my own touches here and there. We have a great School District, a great community, and I'm thrilled to have been chosen for the spot."

Wiggins has worked in the School District for 17 years and has been assistant superintendent and programs coordinator since January 2013, according to his resume. He has also served as vice principal, assistant principal and athletic director in Siloam Springs.

Previously, he worked in the Lincoln School District as a high school principal, math teacher and coach.

Fifteen people applied for the position, and the board narrowed the list to four. The board also interviewed Cedar Ridge Superintendent Andy Ashley, Prairie Grove Assistant Superintendent of Finance Allen Williams and Paris Superintendent Wayne Fawcett.

Board President Brian Lamb said the board focused on the school's mission, vision and values during the interview process.

Board members also voted at Thursday's meeting to accept the resignation of Kristi Wiggins, Jody Wiggins' wife. Kristi Wiggins is the director of curriculum and instruction.

Kristi Wiggins wrote in a letter to the board that if her husband was hired as the next superintendent, she would like to resign effective at the end of the school year.

"When I began in 2013, I shared with Mr. Ramey that when he decides to retire someday, I would do so as well," she said. "This plan was with the thought of my husband wanting to pursue his goal of becoming superintendent, and we both felt it would be best if we were not employed by the same district when that became a reality."

NW News on 04/13/2019

Print Headline: Board picks new superintendent

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