FORT SMITH -- The School District will begin the 2021-22 academic year with new people in seven administrative positions.
The School District made multiple announcements stating it filled the positions with existing employees.
Christina Williams, the district's coordinator of public information, said Christopher Davis is replacing Sherri Penix as the School District's assistant superintendent of human resources and campus support. Davis has been the district's supervisor of human resources since 2019, according to a news release.
Davis also has served as an assistant principal at the district's Northside High School, as well as middle school principal and high school assistant principal in Huntsville and band director and music educator in Mountain Home.
"I am excited to transition into this role within the district and look forward to continuing to serve and provide support to our educators and staff as we begin a new school year," Davis said.
Tony Jones, who has served as principal at Belle Point Center since 2018, will be the School District's director of secondary education, the release states. Jones' tenure with the district also includes time as assistant principal at Northside High School, where he began his career as an educator, and Kimmons Junior High School.
"I am humbled to serve as the director of secondary education," Jones said. "I look forward to supporting each secondary campus in reaching higher levels of excellence."
Ginni McDonald, who was named the district's executive director of strategic initiatives and professional learning earlier this year, held the position before Jones, according to Williams.
Jennifer Steele will be the district's assistant director of athletics and activities, which is a new position. She has been assistant principal at Northside High School since 2013, which was preceded by her time as the director of bands at Chaffin Junior High School, according to the release.
Jeff Prewitt was selected to replace Lisa Miller as the principal of Southside High School, according to the School District. Prewitt has worked as an assistant principal for the school since 2018, and prior to which he served as assistant principal of Ramsey Junior High School, physical education and health teacher and coach in the district.
The School District also filled three principal positions at its elementary schools, the news release states. Laura Gladden will be principal of Ballman Elementary School, Ami Griggs will be principal of Fairview Elementary School and Nicole Shaffer will be Cook Elementary School's principal.
Gladden is replacing Lori Griffin, who Williams said was named director of elementary education for the district. Gladden has been assistant principal at Ballman and Bonneville elementary schools since 2018. She also served as an instructional facilitator in the district and an elementary and middle school teacher in both Van Buren and Hendersonville, N.C.
Griggs, who is replacing Shaffer, has been the assistant principal at Fairview Elementary since 2019. Griggs also worked as literacy instructional facilitator in the district and a teacher at Euper Lane Elementary School.
Shaffer is replacing Marna Boltuc, having worked as principal of Fairview Elementary School since 2019. Shaffer had been assistant principal at Cook, Woods and Barling elementary schools and supervisor of elementary music education for the district. She also taught at Sunnymede Elementary School in Fort Smith, as well as in Lavaca and Panama, Okla.
The Fort Smith School District had the following administrative openings as of Wednesday morning:
• Director of Belle Point Center
• Director of human resources
• Two assistant principal positions at Northside High School
• Spradling Elementary School principal
• Four assistant principal positions at Ballman, Cook, Fairview and Park elementary schools
Source: Fort Smith School District