The Pulaski County Special School District has hired Laura Bednar as its incoming deputy superintendent.

Bednar, who currently serves as the assistant commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education, will oversee the Learning Services Division. She will manage instruction, curriculum, professional development for certified employees, federal programs, workforce development, gifted and talented programs, fine arts programs, athletics, counseling and testing.

Bednar will replace Linda Remele who resigned effective June 30.

Bednar joined the Arkansas Department of Education in 2010. From 2004 until 2010 she served as superintendent of schools for the Stuttgart School District. She was the language arts curriculum coordinator for the county district from 2000 until 2004, and prior to that she worked as a classroom teacher and administrator.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master and Doctorate of Education in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Arkansas.

Superintendent Jerry Guess said he is excited Bednar is joining the county’s team.

"Remele has done good work in her two years with us, and we have the ideal person to continue that progress," he said. "We’re looking forward to the expertise, experience and respect for public education that Bednar brings to the table."