By a unanimous vote of the Pulaski County Special School District Board extended the contract of Superintendent Jerry Guess.

The vote was held last week and the contract will now end with the 2018-19 school year.

In a release, Linda Remele, the board’s president, said Guess has brought “stable leadership” to the district and the board wants to continue that.

Guess became superintendent six years after the state took over after the district was declared to be in fiscal distress. Guess, then the superintendent at Camden Fairview, was appointed by then Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell.

The district was released from state control last year and the school board was elected in November. They were sworn in for action in January.

“Guess has righted the fiscal ship,” Remele said. “He has dealt with issues like the successful separation of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District from [the county district] and has made major strides toward resolving the longstanding desegregation court case. The board wanted to ensure stability at this critical time.”

The district is going to have a vote on June 13 to extend the current millage an additional 13 years to help fund construction and renovation around the district.

The extension would generate approximately $65 million over those 13 years and would be applied to the current bond.

“The district is positioned to enjoy a long period of growth, and I’m excited to be part of that,” Guess said..