Dr. Jerry Guess, a long-time superintendent and educator at multiple school districts in Arkansas, has been hired as interim superintendent at the Sheridan School District. Guess was hired by unanimous vote of the Sheridan school board at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night. He most recently served as superintendent at the Watson Chapel School District until his retirement in 2021.
Guess will begin his duties at Sheridan starting Tuesday, January 18.
“The Sheridan School District is well recognized for serving students with high quality programs,” Guess said. “I know the district has an outstanding staff who are dedicated to providing students with an excellent education. It will be a pleasure to have the opportunity to help the Sheridan School District have a successful completion to its 2021-22 school year.”
Guess has 43 years of experience in education. His career began as a high school English teacher at Grady in 1978. He later served 33 years in various roles with the Camden Fairview School District, including as superintendent the last 13 years he was there.
In 2011, the Arkansas Department of Education appointed Guess as superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District. Three years ago, he took on the interim superintendent role at Watson Chapel. In both instances, he helped school districts with fiscal and academic challenges. Guess was the Arkansas Superintendent of the Year in 2008 as voted by the Arkansas Association of School Administrators.
Guess graduated from Chidester High School. He received a bachelor's degree from what was then known as Southern State College in Magnolia (now Southern Arkansas University), a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Rita Guess, Jerry Guess’s wife, served as the chief financial officer for the Sheridan School District from February 2015 to June 2018.