HOPE – The Hope Public Schools Board accepted the resignation of Hope High School Principal Tommie Campbell here Monday night in a special session.
Hope Superintendent Bobby Hart recommended the resignation acceptance without comment and the board acted without comment after a 10-minute executive session requested by Trustee Viney Johnson.
The board was unanimous in its action, with Trustee Jesus Coronado absent from the meeting.
Campbell was employed as HHS principal in May, 2014, after serving as Gurdon High School Principal for two years. He served in the U. S. military for more than 20 years prior to entering public education, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. A native of DeWitt, Campbell taught junior ROTC in El Dorado for seven years, and was a principal in North Little Rock for three years prior to that.
He received his undergraduate teaching degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 1982 prior to military service, earned a master’s degree in human resources from Webster University in 1996 and received his principal certification from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia in 2008. He is also a graduate of the superintendent’s licensure program at SAU, and recently graduated from the English as Second Language Academy at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
HHS Assistant Principal Bill Hoglund will assume Campbell’s duties until a permanent replacement is named.
Also Monday, the board accepted bids for restroom and office renovations at the historic Garland/Hope Academy of Public Service campus.
Opting to use a new solid plastic material, which HPSD Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Transportation Steve Bradshaw said is becoming popular in schools because of is durability, the board accepted the bid of The McDougal Group for restroom partitions, lavatory tops, bowls and amenities at a cost of $16,002.33.
The board also awarded a contract for office floor replacement and flooring in one classroom to Gerken Environmental at a cost of $10,455.45.