Conway Public Schools announces new leadership hires

The Conway Public Schools Board of Education has approved the hiring of three new administrative leadership positions in the district.

Long-time CPSD Administrator Dr. Karen (K.K.) Bradshaw has been named “Deputy Superintendent of Schools” effective immediately. Bradshaw had served as Assistant Superintendent for the last 5 years.

Joining the Wampus Cat Family will be two new Assistant Superintendents. Dr. Angie Dischinger will be the Assistant Superintendent of Innovative and Special Programs; Mr. Jason Black will be the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Administrative Services. Both Assistant Superintendents will join the district in an official capacity in July 2022.

Dr. Karen “K.K.” Bradshaw

Deputy Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Bradshaw graduated from Conway High School in 1984, and has been with Conway Public Schools since 1991. She has been a secondary literacy teacher, high school assistant principal, and principal. More recently, she has served in a variety of capacities at the central office. She graduated from Hendrix College with a B.A. in English, UCA with a M.S.E. in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.D. from UALR in Educational Leadership in Administration. Bradshaw and her three sons are Wampus Cat graduates.

As Deputy Superintendent, Bradshaw will take an expanded role of leadership in the district. She will work alongside Superintendent Jeff Collum to provide direction, management, and continuous improvement to all aspects of the district.

Dr. Angie Dischinger

Assistant Superintendent of Innovative and Special Programs

Dr. Angie Dischinger, currently the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education for the Bryant School District, has been in education 23 years. She completed her undergraduate degree at Henderson State University, teaching credentials from California State University San Bernardino, Master’s Degree in School Administration from Azusa Pacific University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Harding University. 

Dischinger has served in various educational roles that include: middle school teacher, cheer and dance coach, Associated Student Body (ASB) director, high school assistant principal, alternative high school principal, high school principal of a new school, Director of Secondary Education, and Assistant Superintendent. She was instrumental in the development and launch of the Bryant Junior High School and the Career & Technical Campus in Saline County. To promote equity and engagement for secondary students, she led the implementation of one-to-one iPads for grades six through 12. She is a strong advocate for student learning through collaboration, the use of technology, and effective instructional delivery. 

Dischinger is married to Brian and has two daughters. Her new role in CPSD will include spearheading new initiatives to bring innovative learning opportunities to all students. 

Jason Black

Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Administrative Services

Jason Black joins the Conway Schools team with 16 years of experience in education in roles as teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, director and superintendent. He is currently leading the Smackover School District, where he has served as Superintendent for three years.

Mr. Black is married to Shannon, who also works in education. They have three children. 

Black and his family look forward to joining the Conway community and the Wampus Cat team. He will oversee the various departments throughout CPSD to support district and school leaders.

Conway Schools Superintendent Jeff Collum says the new leadership team will help the district continue to be a proactive leader in the state of Arkansas.

“I am very excited about the addition of these two employees for the Conway School District,” Collum said. “Both have extensive experience in their fields and will offer a tremendous amount of support for students, staff, and parents. I appreciate their interest in the district and look forward to them joining our stellar team.”