Arkansas Online:

By:  Brenda Bernet

BENTONVILLE -- Debbie Jones will remove interim from her title after being named the School Board's unanimous choice as superintendent.

The School Board met Monday night to review applications and watch videos of nine candidates chosen by a national search firm, with plans to choose a handful of candidates to invite for interviews.

As they discussed each candidate, Jones' name kept surfacing in the conversation, School Board President Travis Riggs said.

"We don't often agree unanimously on anything," Riggs said. "We feel like she is the right face and the right leader for our district."

Bentonville's School Board began a superintendent search following the departure of Michael Poore, who left last month to become superintendent of the Little Rock School District. The School Board in May named Debbie Jones as interim superintendent of the district of more than 16,500 students.

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