Wednesday, August 17, 2016

UPDATE: Possible principal resignation at Parkview, then news of coaching shakeup

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 4:28 PM

click to enlarge DR. DEXTER BOOTH
  • DR. DEXTER BOOTH
Here's an update on my earlier unconfirmed report circulating on Facebook and elsewhere of the resignation this week of a long-time Little Rock school principal.

New Superintendent Michael Poore said the situation is this:

Dr. Dexter Booth, an administrator at Parkview Magnet High School for 22 years and principal the last five, told faculty Monday he intended to resign. He did not give a date and he has not submitted a resignation letter to the district. He remains at work. Poore met with Booth today. "I told him I hope you stay and continue to be a part of the district. He is an important person for Parkview."

Poore said the situation was still in flux. He said Booth still indicated an inclination to resign, but also said he was still thinking about it. Poore acknowledged it was an unusual situation and a bump in a generally smooth week for the district. But he said Booth was important enough to provide some leeway in resolving the issue. "You don't want to lose a talented person," he said.

Poore said he'd talked with Booth about the reasons for his feelings, but there was nothing he could share publicly.

I've tried to reach Booth, but been unsuccessful so far.

click to enlarge WILLIAM HARDIMAN: Parkview coach.
  • WILLIAM HARDIMAN: Parkview coach.
UPDATE II: After my earlier revision, a well-placed district source said Booth's unhappiness was related to Parkview football coach William Hardiman. I have no independent confirmation of that, but this late-afternoon district news release suggests that my source was on the right track. Hardiman has been placed on leave for investigation of a personnel matter:

Statement from LRSD Regarding Coaching Administration at Parkview


August 17, 2016

The Little Rock School District announced today the appointment of Kenny Stephens as interim football coach at Parkview Magnet High School. In addition to his duties as social studies teacher at Parkview, Stephens most recently served as offensive coach at Little Rock Central High School, and had previous stints in various assistant coach roles at Parkview.

Stephens will serve in zthe absence of current head coach William Hardiman who has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation of a personnel matter.

Parkview Athletic Director and Assistant Principal John Kelley met with football players and coaching staff today to inform them of the news. A parent meeting is also planned to provide details about the transition. Notification regarding that meeting will be shared with parents.
I put some questions to Poore. He said the ongoing investigation prevented comment. 

But subsequent reporting by several media, including KATV, said that Booth reported to Little Rock police last year an anonymous letter alleging an inappropriate relationship between a student and Hardiman. That matter remains under investigation, the police told KATV.

Tags: , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (21)

Showing 1-21 of 21

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-21 of 21

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Arkansas Tech settles dispute with lawmakers riled by 'Sex on the Lawn'

    Legislators have dropped an effort to kill the Department of Diversity and Inclusion at Arkansas Tech in a dispute that arose over a student sex education program.
    • Mar 22, 2017
  • Another bill to stock the prisons

    The Senate today voted 20-9 to pass Sen. Bryan King's bill that says a fourth commitment to the Arkansas Department of Correction means the person sentenced must serve at least 80 percent of the sentence before parole eligibility.
    • Mar 22, 2017
  • Midweek open line

    The open line and news roundup.
    • Mar 22, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Arkansas is the perfect place to try out this new health trend. Read all about the what, why, where and how here.

Most Viewed

  • Governor signs concealed carry bill, but amendment coming

    UPDATE: Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the expanded concealed carry legislation, but some additional legislation is promised, at a minimum to exempt UAMS and the State Hospital from the expanded list of places where concealed weapons are allowed for those with a new permit that requires an additional day of training.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation