Manila School Board immediately went into executive session to consider the superintendent's position during the Monday, May 10 special session.
Following an hour and a half executive session, the board voted 4-3 to hire Pam Castor a one year contract beginning July 1 at a salary of $69,000. The motion was made by William Davis and seconded by Donald Master. Board members Jackie Hill, Johnny McCain and Scott Misner cast the no votes.
Castor has been serving as interim superintendent since March 11 when former Superintendent Charolette Wagner's injunction to keep her job was dissolved on March 10.
Castor has served as elementary principal for the past 14 years. She has 25-1/2 years with the Manila School District.
She is a Manila High School graduate and received a double major in elementary education and special education from Arkansas State University. She taught in elementary and high school at Manila. She continued her education through the years and has the proper license and certification to be superintendent.
Castor will continue to serve as interim superintendent until June 30 and will also continue helping in the elementary school until the end of the school year.
"My heart is with the district and the people," Castor said. "It is a wonderful place to work. There are a lot of wonderful teachers, parents, and students here."
Castor said the transition to interim superintendent has been smooth and everyone has been great.
When asked what her goals are for the upcoming school year, Castor replied, "My goals right now are to lead the district in the requirements set forth in the legislative session."