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Arkansas Students Head Back -To-School: New Superintendent for TASD Excited

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Summer break is about to come to an end for students in Arkansas as they head back to school, Monday.

This year marks the beginning of several new ventures for the Texarkana, Arkansas,  school district as Becky Kesler takes over as the new superintendent .

"School starts Aug. 19th and I don't know who is more nervous me or the kindergartners coming in," Kesler told Education Reporter Eric James during a recent interview. Kesler says she has had many sleepless nights since she officially stepped in as Superintendent in July.

"The biggest challenge for me is I  have never been the one who is in charge of everything, that's a different responsibility," said Kesler who is no stranger to the district.

Kesler has served as a Assistant  Superintendent in TASD for 7 years. Prior to that,  she was a Human Resource manager. Kesler was also a  principal at Union Elementary.

She says she is looking forward to a great year including the opening of the new Washington Academy Charter School.

Kesler says the district has applied for another magnet program and if granted; there will be several new partnerships between the schools.

Parents will also see a change when it comes to parent / teacher conferences. The district has opted to shift the time of those meetings and they will no longer be evening meetings, instead parents will be able to meet with teachers from 1pm  to 7pm 

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