LITTLE ROCK — Lavaca School Superintendent Jared Cleveland will be the state Department of Education's next assistant commissioner for fiscal and administrative services, state Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell announced Friday.

LITTLE ROCK — Lavaca School Superintendent Jared Cleveland will be the state Department of Education’s next assistant commissioner for fiscal and administrative services, state Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell announced Friday.

Cleveland, who has been Lavaca superintendent for the past six years, will remain in that job through the end of the school year and will start in his new job at the Department of Education on July 1.

“Jared has a complete understanding of how schools operate,” Kimbrell said in a news release. “He knows school district issues well and has been directly involved in many of the complex policy and financial problems that affect them. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber who is experienced with the intricacies of Arkansas’s school finance system.”

Cleveland previously was employed by the Magazine School District as social studies teacher, assistant football coach, head girls softball coach, head boys basketball coach, high school principal and finally superintendent.

“I have dedicated my life to educating students in Arkansas, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue this work at the state level,” Cleveland said. “I look forward to working with Commissioner

Kimbrell and his team and with school leaders across the state. It’s an exciting time to be in education.”

Bill Goff, former assistant commissioner for fiscal and administrative services, left last year to take a similar position in the Pulaski County Special School District. Kathleen Crain, who has been serving in the position in an interim capacity since October, will return to her former position as director of financial applications and support, Kimbrell said.