Jim is the namesake for the elementary school in the Conway School District. He had a 40-year career in education and also spent nine years as the first Toad Master for Toad Suck Daze, Conway’s iconic May festival.
Stone’s 40-year career in education included 27 in Conway (his alma mater), 10 in Crossett and three in Grand Prairie, Texas. In Conway, he served as principal of Ellen Smith Elementary as well as the middle and junior high schools before joining the central office as curriculum coordinator and later assistant superintendent for instruction. He retired in 1993. Shortly afterward, the district’s newest elementary school was named for him.