Pine Bluff School Board members approved a one year contract for current interim Superintendent Monica King-McMurray, who previously served as the PBSD executive director of Learning Services, at a meeting held last Thursday.

McMurray’s contract is effective through June 30, 2019. The district will begin the search for a permanent superintendent in January. McMurray took over the job after former superintendent Michael Robinson resigned in June.

The Commercial is still waiting on information regarding McMurray’s salary.

In other news, the board hired former PBSD superintendent Frank Anthony as a consultant to McMurray.

Anthony’s contract is effective Aug. 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 school year. The contract states that Anthony is to provide professional assistance, consulting, and mentoring to the superintendent in the following areas: day to day operational procedures, school finance/millage configuration, curriculum and instruction/assessment, human resources/personnel management, superintendent school board relations, leadership/legal issues, reduction in force, etc.

The contract also states that Anthony will have two face-to-face meetings with the superintendent monthly and respond to unlimited phone calls/emails daily.

PBSD will pay Anthony $19,250.00 for rendering consulting services for the 2018-19 school year.