The Crossett School District’s Board of Education appointed Monday a new principal for Crossett Middle School.

The hiree, Elizabeth “Beth” Carter, will start in July, Superintendent of Schools Gary Williams said. She will be stepping into the office that current Principal Lynn Parker will be vacating when she retires at the end of the school’s fiscal year.

Carter will be coming to the middle school from outside the district, but she is an Ashley County native and has previously taught in Crossett schools. She worked at Crossett Elementary School (CES) from 2001 to 2009 before relocating to northwest Arkansas to teach in the Springdale School District.

In Springdale, she worked four years as a teacher, two as an educational facilitator, and the remaining six as an assistant principal.

“She is returning home,” Williams said.

During the meeting, which included a brief executive session to address some board members’ questions, the board also voted to hire several more employees for the 2021-2022 school year, approve employee transfers and accept resignations.

In addition to Carter, the hires included:

  • In licensed hiring, Cheryl Wade, resource teacher at CES; Elise Poirot, seventh grade math teacher at CMS; Kathleen Iverson, seventh grade math teacher at CMS; and Laura Thornton, eighth grade math teacher at CMS.
  • In Act 1240 hiring,  James Hatridge, Crossett High School computer science teacher.
  • In classified hiring, Brad Gill, bus mechanic.

Transfers the board approved included:

  • In licensed transfers, Natalie White, transferring from CMS seventh grade math to CHS math position.
  • In classified transfers, Heather Marabanian, transferring from Crossett Learning Center cafeteria to CLC pre-Kindergarten paraprofessional.

Resignations the board board accepted included:

  • In licensed resignations, Shada Hamilton, fifth grade literacy teacher at CMS; and Leslie Lincoln, Spanish teacher at CHS
  • In classified resignations, Beth Callaway, CMS attendance secretary.

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