JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Dr. Mike Skelton will be leaving Jonesboro to take the superintendent position at Benton Schools, according to Arkansas Online.
Skelton, an assistant superintendent for the Jonesboro Public School District, has worn many hats, from coaching and teaching to his time spent as a principal, he's put in numerous hours helping students achieve their potential in various roles.
"A lot of people don't know that I grew up on a farm in southeast Missouri," Skelton said. "In the spring and summertime, and even into the fall, I was busy putting in 10- to 12-hour days working on the farm. I tell people I spent all my life working to get away from the farm, and I guess I'll spend the rest of it working to get back to that. I hope that in time, I can prove to everybody that I have that same work ethic in my job as superintendent."
After the resignation of former Superintendent Jeff Collum in February, Skelton was voted in unanimously by the school board to become Benton's new superintendent beginning July 1.
While Skelton is still busy ending the school year at Jonesboro, a new group of staff, students and parents in Benton are looking to see what changes they can expect in the coming school year.
He said he plans to continue much of what has already been put in place at Benton, but his focus will be forming relationships and preparing students for their futures.
"Working toward whatever it is they're working toward, whether it's going into the workforce or college, that's what we want to be about," Skelton said. "It's very important to involve people in meaningful discussions and conversations about where the community, where our parents, where our students, our staff want to see our school be in the next 10 years", said Skelton. "I'm excited about the opportunity to come in and start having those conversations and start hearing what people have to say and where they want to see their school here in the near future."
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