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SPRINGDALE -- Kelly Boortz will assume the top job at the Tyson School of Innovation this summer.

Boortz, the school's assistant principal, will take over as principal, the School District announced Monday. She'll replace Shannon Tisher, who is moving to the central office for an assistant superintendent position after one year as the school's principal.

Boortz joined the Tyson School of Innovation staff last year after nine years at Central Junior High School, where she started as a business teacher and was promoted to assistant principal in 2015.

Boortz will become the School of Innovation's third principal in as many school years, following Tisher and Joe Rollins, who was promoted to a central-office position last year but has since left the district for a job with the Northwest Arkansas Council.

Jim Rollins, Springdale's superintendent, called Boortz "a true instructional leader, an encourager and a leader of innovative educational practice," according to a district news release.

She created partnerships with local business leaders and with Northwest Arkansas Community College, and her advocacy for students is "exemplary," Rollins said.

The Tyson School of Innovation, a district-run charter school, has about 1,160 students in grades six through 12.

NW News on 04/23/2019

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