HOPE – Two widely experienced coaches in the Hope Public Schools have been named HPS Co-Activities Directors with responsibilities over all student extracurricular and school competition activities within the district.
Together, Susan Powers and Jay Turley bring 55 years of educational and coaching experience to the split duties. The two were named in a unanimous vote of the Hope School Board on July 18.
The co-directors have already worked out a division of responsibilities which allows each of them to maintain the winning traditions of their respective athletics programs while giving attention to the extracurricular and educational competitions and social life of students across the HPSD.
“Basically, anything that happens in the fall, Coach Powers will take care of that, and anything in the spring, I’ll have,” Turley said.
So, while Turley is busy building the momentum of the Hope Bobcat football program in the fall, Powers will oversee the administrative needs for fall sports, along with cheerleading, band, homecoming, and all fall student organization activities and fundraisers.
Conversely, while Powers is coaching the girls’ Bobcat basketball program in the spring, Turley will oversee the administrative needs for spring sports, along with the HHS Prom, band, spring awards banquets and all spring student organization activities and fundraisers.
“You have to be organized, with so many things going on,” Powers said.
Turley agrees that the split should help in making scheduling decisions easier.
“That’s the biggest concern we have is to keep communications to properly schedule events,” he said.
Powers, a Hope High School graduate, comes to the post with 35 years of educational and coaching experience which began at then Yerger Junior High School in 1981.
“Coach Hall called and asked if I’d like to come on board,” she said. “I said, ‘Yes;’ and she did grades 10-12 and I did eight and nine.”
Powers is motivated by the students, she admits.
“I like being around kids; it’s not the win and loss, it’s the improvement and what they carry on from there,” she said.
A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, with BSE and MSE degrees in physical education, Powers was a graduate assistant at UCA until she took the girls’ junior track and basketball positions at Yerger. She has since served as senior girls’ and boys’ varsity tennis coach (1982-1985) and assisted with girls’ varsity basketball from 1981-2000, before becoming girls’ head basketball coach from 2001 to date.
Powers is married to Thomas “Tee” Powers of Hope.
Turley is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, with a BSE in secondary education, and he received his MSE in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.
He began his coaching career at Lakeside, as junior high and senior high physical education teacher, and coached varsity football backfield, and junior high girls’ track. He continued to build experience in Denison, Texas, and Fouke, Ar., taking the head football coaching post there, before becoming athletic director and head football coach at Murfreesboro in 2006, where his teams were consistently in the state playoffs.
Turley came to Hope as head football coach in 2010 and has overseen the district’s football program since.
“A lot of people who influenced my life were coaches,” he said. “I wanted to have that kind of influence on kids and inspire them to be whatever they wanted to be.”
Turley has two children, Olivia, 19, and Dylan, 10, and his wife, Monica, is the mother of two children, Zack, 26, and Stephanie, 23. Turley also has two grandchildren, Hudson, 3, and Sicily, 2.
Hope Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart, left, and Dr. Carol Ann Duke, principal of the Hope Academy of Public Service, right, explained the conversion charter concept and its benefits for the new HAPS at a public hearing on the district’s application for charter status at HAPS Thursday night. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
HOPE – Some two dozen patrons, students and teachers learned Thursday night that the proposed conversion charter application for the Hope Academy of Public Service due to open Aug. 15 is part of an extended commitment to excellence in the Hope Public Schools.
Hope Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart said the development of the HAPS concept is part of a districtwide strategic plan to provide students a “passport to excellence.”
Hart said HAPS Principal Dr. Carol Ann Duke and the faculty “hit the ground running” in developing the curriculum to match the concept.
“All I had to say was here is what I want done, and they did it,” Hart said. “We’re off to a great start.”
He likened the concept of the grades 5-8 public service academy to “building an airplane in the air.”
Hart said Duke and her staff literally had nothing but a building when they began putting the campus and the concept together, and adding the charter status to the effort already in place will only enhance the prospects for success.
“We’re starting and ready to go with this and probably don’t have to ask for charter status; but, we’re going to ask for it because we may need that in the future,” Hart said.
He said the charter application is to be forwarded to the Arkansas Department of Education by Aug. 4, and presentation to the state charter panel is expected by October. A decision on the application is not expected before January, 2017.
Charter schools are typically allowed greater flexibility relative to public education regulations that apply to traditional public schools, he explained. But, Hart emphasized that charter status also creates a performance based responsibility between the school and the state in assessing its mission, program, goals, student services and student assessment methodology.
Duke illustrated the point by explaining that the most significant waiver which the charter status would provide for HAPS is the ability to strengthen the eighth grade career orientation program.
“The same skills that kids need to be successful in a college classroom is the same skill set they need to succeed in a job,” she said.
Consequently, HAPS will ask for a waiver to expand the eighth grade career orientation curriculum from a single semester to an entire year.
Duke said each faculty member at HAPS will be assigned a group of students and will work with each student for 30 minutes every day to develop and define career interests and goals. She said by the time students reach the fifth grade they already have given some thought to what they want to pursue as their interests in life begin to develop.
Duke said HAPS has three foundational concepts:
--Individualized learning plans that focus upon goal achievement.
--Wrap around services for students and family.
--Early college entrance attaining a score of 19 on the ACT by 10th grade, with the potential to graduate from Hope High School and the University of Arkansas-Hope at the same time.
Duke said HAPS students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree absolutely free through concurrent credit courses.
Both Hart and Duke emphasized that HAPS is a model to refute the argument that students from regions of poverty cannot excel.
“One of the things a charter is supposed to do is be an innovation lab where we learn, and they learn and we improve together,” Hart said.
He said the poverty barrier argument was no longer a regional issue, noting that 61 percent of the students in Arkansas public schools qualify for free and reduced lunches under federal law.
Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey said the HAPS concept deserves widespread community support relative to the future of Hope and its economy.
“This has got work,” Ramsey said.
Hope School Board member Denny Dickinson agreed, noting that Hempstead County will suffer economically if it does not keep pace with the educational needs of business and industry in the future.
Duke, who came to HAPS from the Southern Regional Education Board and Southern Arkansas University, emphasized the point.
“We’re all going to be as good as what we can do together,” Duke said. “I’ve been in school districts all over the country and I’ve never seen a district committed to feeding your child twice a day free and offering free school supplies.”
The 8th annual Watermelon Idol Talent Contest will be held as part of the 40th annual Hope Watermelon Festival. The contest preliminaries will be held Thursday August 11th on the Hope Auto/Farmers Bank stage in front of the coliseum at 6pm. The finals will be held at 6pm Saturday August 13th on the CMC Steel Products stage prior to the Oak Ridge Boys concert. The winner will open for the Oak Ridge Boys around 8:25pm that evening.
The contest is open to all singers or vocal groups regardless of age or residency. Previous Watermelon Idol winners are not eligible. There are two divisions, single vocal or vocal group. Individuals can only enter in one category. Acts are limited to five minutes each and entrants may perform with a pre-recorded instrumental track, acapella, or with live instrumental backing. The preliminaries are open to thirty applicants.
The top five in each division will be selected for the finals. A cash prixe of $300 will be awarded to the overall winner of the finals with $150 awarded to the runner-up and $50 to the third-place finisher.
Entries will be accepted through Thursday August 11th at 5:30pm. Registration forms are available at hopemelonfest.com or at the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce office at 202 South Main in downtown Hope. For information call the Chamber at 870-777-3640.
The Hope Athletic Booster Club presented Hope High School Class of 2016 alumnus Ajah Criner with a check Thursday to support Hope track star’s trip to the U. S. Junior Olympics. Presenting the $300 donation were, left to right, Jimmy Courtney, HABC vice president; Booster President Nathaniel Holyfield and Booster Treasurer Michelle Witherspoon. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
The Hempstead County Quorum Court held their July meeting on Thursday (7-28) at the Hempstead County Courthouse. County Agent Steven Sheets opened the meeting talking about his hay show this year at the County Fair. The show is sponsored by Hope Tractor. Persons needing information can call Sheets at 777-5771.
The J.P.'s considered one ordinance. This ordinance transferred funds in several categories including for uniforms. The sheriff said they are buying 150 inmate uniforms. They are also getting rid of their uniform service for deputies and buying them each 3 uniforms. The money comes from the jail budget. The jail was spending $14,000 per month last year for meals and this year are spending about $9,000 per month. The jail cooks are being more efficient and the jail is using a new food supplier. Also, the food supplier is expected to give the jail a rebate of at least 2%. The ordinance also corrected the salary of one person. The ordinance passed.
Ruth E. Cook of the Cooperative Extension Service introduced new staffers Whitney Rook and Tia Blakeley. Cook also invited the J.P.'s to an interpretive review.
The J.P.'s discussed the policy manual. They clarified the definition of immediate family
The judge talked about a display coming to the Watermelon Festival which commemorates the over 140 Arkansans killed in the service of our country since 9/11.
The judge noted the bids for the Tyson road project will be opened August 16th. It is hoped the project can be done soon.
The judge told the J.P.'s about a gravel truck accident on state highway 195. He said a part on the truck broke. The truck driver broke a couple of vertebrae. The truck was a 2007 with over 200,000 miles on it.
Next month's Quorum Court meeting will be August 18th.
Assessor Kim Smith talked about people 65 or older or disabled having their taxes frozen. She said those who think they're qualified need to call her office. She also talked about the $350 homestead tax exemption.
The meeting then adjourned.
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Jennifer Bailey of McNab, Arkansas, has been named the new Dean of the Technical and Industrial (T&I) Division at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. Ms. Bailey, a graduate of Nashville High School, received her Associate of Applied Science in Power Plant Technology degree in 2011 from the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Jennifer has served as the Power Plant Technology program instructor at UofA Hope-Texarkana since 2013.
Ms. Bailey stated, “I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue working at the college and for the rewards of seeing students achieve their educational goals. She continued, “It’s very fulfilling to know that we help to change lives and I look forward to serving our students.”
The technical and industrial programs at UofA Hope-Texarkana equip students with the skills to successfully obtain employment in competitive job markets across the region. Classes are offered at a variety of times to accommodate students’ schedules. The faculty members blend many years of experience in their respective trade areas, with local employer advisory committees’ guidance and a curriculum from the nationally recognized National Center for Construction Education Research to provide educational experiences that closely reflect situations and duties encountered in the workplace. All UAHT students are trained with the latest technology using state-of-the-art equipment.
The T&I Division offers degrees and certificates in the following areas:
For more information, call 870-777-5722 or visit uacch.edu.
HOPE – Hope High School students will get schedules and school supplies during Back to School events that will send freshmen students on a scavenger hunt.
Orientation for freshmen (ninth grade) students is set for Aug. 4 in the Ninth Grade Annex at the HHS campus on South Main Street.
“We have a scavenger hunt for them to make it easy to get everything done,” HHS Assistant Principal Mike Radebaugh said.
Radebaugh said freshmen students are to gather at the front entrance to the annex building between 4-7 p.m. to begin the scavenger hunt which will conclude with their receiving a free back pack with school supplies.
Back packs and supplies are furnished through the HHS Parental Involvement Committee, including language arts teacher Janet Banister, Coach Billy Rook, and social sciences teacher Cathy Knight.
“They start here and pick up their schedule and meet their teachers along the hall,” he said.
From the annex building, freshmen go to the Multi-purpose/Athletic Center (MAC) where representatives of the Let’s Go to Work Foundation will provide mentoring services. The organization is comprised of HHS graduates who have become successful in their fields of endeavor and volunteer mentoring services to youth, Radebaugh said.
HHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets and members of the HHS Future Farmers of America will also provide guide service to freshmen to acquaint them with the campus; and, students will conclude the scavenger hunt in the HHS cafeteria, where they will complete required school information, and meet HHS Principal Bill Hoglund and HHS Assistant Principal Don Patton.
Freshmen students will also have an opportunity to meet with representatives of campus clubs and service organizations and apply for membership.
Senior students will attend the annual HHS Senior Breakfast on Aug. 4 from 9-10 a.m. in the HHS cafeteria. All seniors and their parents are invited to attend.
Seniors will meet with principals, counselors and teachers and complete senior year information and releases. The breakfast is free for all HHS seniors and their parents/guardians.
Open House activities will be held at HHS on Aug. 11, along with other Hope Public Schools campuses.
Radebaugh said all students in grades 10-11 will meet administrators, counselors and teachers, and complete beginning of the year information. Open house hours are from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.