NLR schools official to replace Dollarway’s Frank Anthony

Bobby Acklin will be superintendent of the Dollarway School District beginning July 1, Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell announced Tuesday.

Acklin is currently assistant superintendent of the North Little Rock School District, according to Tuesday’s press release with the announcement.

Acklin will replace Frank Anthony, who announced last week he is resigning effective June 30 from the superintendent position he has held since being appointed by Kimbrell on June 12, 2012.

“His heart is in the right place,” Kimbrell said of Acklin. “He’s about kids. His understanding of the educational process and his ability to build and sustain trusting relationships within a community will drive improved student and educator performance.”

Acklin has served in the NLRSD since 1989.

“When this opportunity came about, I knew my goal would be to get Dollarway to a position where kids have a chance to realize their dreams,” Acklin said in the release. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Acklin said that he is humbled to walk in Anthony’s footsteps.

“I was once able to work with a man like Frank Anthony,” Acklin said in the release. “He’s one of the best superintendents in our state. If I can do half the job he’s done, I’ll be very happy.”