School board accepts Lavender’s retirement

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

After seven years of service, Eureka Springs High School principal Kathryn Lavender is leaving the school district.

The Eureka Springs School Board accepted Lavender’s retirement on Tuesday night. Superintendent Bryan Pruitt said he will miss working with Lavender, saying she’s intelligent and visionary.

“She is very knowledgeable about education and about rules and regulations. She knows what we’ve got to do to be legal and she follows rules,” Pruitt said. “I think she has a good rapport with our students. She’s a caring person.”

Lavender helped the school write a grant for a greenhouse program just this year, Pruitt said.

“We’ll miss her. We’ll miss her leadership and her character and her vision,” Pruitt said. “I think she has done an awesome job here at Eureka Springs. I’m happy for her retirement.”

He said he has spoken with Lavender about her travel plans, saying he’s excited for everything she’s going to do after retiring.

“She’s got some neat travel plans booked, and I’m so jealous hearing about it,” Pruitt said. “She’s paid her dues. She’s done well for us and for kids all across the state. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

When it comes to replacing Lavender, Pruitt said, it’s not going to be easy.

“We’ll be looking for someone to come in here and have excellent educational skills. We want someone that fits into our culture and will be a great resource for our kids … someone with many skills and abilities to pick up where [Lavender] left off,” he said.

There’s no concrete deadline for applications, but Pruitt said he’ll probably be making a recommendation to the board for Lavender’s replacement some time in May. He said the new principal will start working on July 1.

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