Magnolia Native Takes the Helm at Springdale Junior High

Jeff Flanigan begins his new role July 1.

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Jeff Flanigan, who has served as the principal of the STEM Academy at Jonesboro High School in northeast Arkansas for the past seven years has been named the principal at George Junior High in Springdale. His work in the district officially begins today.

“His rich experience in developing the academy model at Jonesboro High will greatly support George Jr. High as a feeder to Springdale High School,” Springdale School District superintendent Jared Cleveland said. “Dr. Flanigan is a great hands-on instructional leader, relationship builder, strategic thinker and master communicator.”

Flanigan is replacing LaDena Eads, who accepted a new position as Springdale District Director of Learner Support. She served as George Jr. High’s principal for six years. In a statement, Flanigan said is excited to work with and learn from Cleveland, whom he’s known for a long time.

“It is an honor to be valued so highly by such great people in such a great district,” Flanigan said. “George Junior High School is already a burgeoning school and I am looking forward to taking the baton from Mrs. Eads and helping to continue that growth with the great faculty and staff that has been assembled.”

The Arkansas native is a 1995 Magnolia High School honor graduate who earned a B.S.E. at the University of Arkansas. Flanigan also holds master’s degrees in teaching and educational leadership. He received a doctorate from Harding University in December 2014.

Flanigan has been the pastor of the Carter Temple CME Church in Blytheville for the past 8 years. From 2008 to 2012, he served as the head boys’ basketball coach and dean of students at Ashdown High School. From 2012 to 2014 he was the head boys’ basketball coach at Blytheville High School.

“As a leader, I feel the most important aspect of my job is relationship building. Relationships based on trust and mutual respect are strong,” Flanigan said. “I’m excited to start the process of building strong, lasting relationships with all of the GJHS stakeholders. I will be approachable, available and accessible to students, teachers, parents and anyone else interested in helping GJHS grow. I’m blessed beyond measure for the opportunity to be the new principal at GJHS.”