Retiring Riverside Superintendent Larry Nowlin was honored with a reception on Wednesday, May 30, as friends, administrators, and staff gathered to wish him well Nowlin will be retiring on June 30 with 36 years in education. He has served as Riverside superintendent for nine years. He spent nine years with the Brookland School District and 19 years in Earle.
"It will be different," Nowlin said. "It will be the first time since I was 14 years old I don't have a job."
Nowlin was presented an engraved clock/plaque along with other gifts.
Riverside High School Principal Tommy Knight, who will be taking over as superintendent July 1, said Nowlin's impact has been felt in education for many years.
"He has dedicated a greater portion of his life to education," Knight said. "He has been a good friend and good mentor to me for the past two years."
Nowlin said he has enjoyed being at Riverside.
"The people here are good people who support their school," Nowlin said. "I think Mr. Knight will carry on the projects the board and I have started. It is a continuous battle trying to keep up with all of standards of the State of Arkansas."
Mr. Nowlin and his wife, Debbie, make their home in Jonesboro. Mrs. Nowlin works at the kindergarten center at Jonesboro and has 32 years in education.
"She plans on working a few more years," Mr. Nowlin said.
He said he should not have any problems keeping busy as his "honey do" list gets longer.
Nowlin is going into his last (38th year) with the Arkansas National Guard. He is one year away from mandatory retirement. He serves with the 39th Infantry BCT. He has been deployed three times over the last few years, to Egypt, Kuwait, and one year in Iraq.
Nowlin said he gave up hunting and fishing a long time ago. The only hunting and fishing he does today is hunting for his golf ball when it goes in the woods and fishing it out when he hits the water.
He does enjoy golfing and plays year round.