Gov. Asa Hutchinson filled two more seats on the state Board of Education today naming Dr. Sarah Burks Moore of Stuttgart to replace Joseph Black and Kathy McFetridge of Springdale to succeed Mireya Reith.

Both will serve seven-year terms.

The appointees replace Mike Beebe appointees who occasionally, particularly Reith, broke with the growing bent of the board in favor of the school “choice” agenda, particularly charter school growth, advanced by the Walton Family Foundation, other wealthy Arkansans and key Republicans such as Hutchinson.

Moore, who has a doctorate in education policy, has a resume as a classroom teacher and administrator that includes time at the UA Office of Education Policy, where Walton-supported faculty have produced a steady amount of work in support of their agenda. More recently, she has been an education policy advisor to the governor. She’s published work praising charter schools


McFetridge, co-owner of a film and video production company, resigned recently from the Springdale School Board after 27 years.

Hutchinson said the two provide a “well-rounded perspective” to the board.

Reith was the only Hispanic member of the board in a state with a significant Hispanic population, but McFetridge brings experience from a district with one of the largest populations of Hispanic students.

Black’s replacement with Moore will reduce the number of black people on the nine-member board to two.