The North Little Rock School District voted on Jan. 30, 2013 to appoint Kelly Rodgers as the new superintendent of schools. The vote was unanimous. Although the vote took place in January, Rodgers will not officially start until Jul. 1, 2013. He will be replacing current superintendent Ken Kirspel, who is retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
Kelly Rodgers is coming to the North Little Rock School District from Terrell, Texas. In Texas, he was the Superintendent of Terrell Independent School District. Prior to that job he was the Superintendent for the Center Independent School District and as an Assistant Superintendent for the DeKalb Independent School District.
Kelly Rodgers’ experience bringing STEM curriculum to Terrell, Texas was appealing to the North Little Rock School District. As the global economy becomes more technologically dependent, students will require STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills in order to survive after graduating from school. Colleges are changing their admission requirements to require STEM coursework from all applicants.
Rodgers accepted the position in North Little Rock with a yearly salary of $185,000. He agreed to a three-year contract, the longest allowed by Arkansas law. Kelly Rodgers says he is honored to be accepted as the new Superintendent of the North Little Rock School District.