Gentry hires new school superintendent

Tyler Broyles
Tyler Broyles

GENTRY -- After interviewing two superintendent candidates in closed session at a special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Gentry School Board voted unanimously to offer the school district's superintendent post to Tyler Broyles of the Cossatot River School District, headquartered in Wickes, Ark.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday night, the Gentry School District announced: "In a special Board meeting tonight, the Gentry Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Dr. Tyler Broyles as the next superintendent of Gentry School District. Dr. Broyles currently serves as the superintendent of Cossatot River School District. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Broyles and his family to the Pioneer Family."

Broyles obtained his doctorate last year, he told the board. He also holds degrees in business and law and is a licensed attorney in the state. As an educator, he has taught math and history, and he currently teaches an online business law class at Northwest Arkansas Community College. He said he frequently spends time in Northwest Arkansas. He said he was born and raised near Nashville, Arkansas.

Also interviewed by the board was Leigh Anne Carter of Siloam Springs. Carter passed her superintendent's test in 2004, has served as a principal in Mountain Home, and is currently the director of academic support and ESOL services in the Siloam Springs School District.

A special committee made up of educators and members of the community had reviewed all applications for the position, conducted interviews, and narrowed the list of candidates to the two interviewed by the school board.

Broyles is set to take the helm of the Gentry School District at the start of the new academic school year, July 1, 2024.

Current superintendent Terrie DePaola tendered her resignation for health reasons, effective at the close of the current school year.