The cumulative leadership experience of the Hope Public Schools Board totals almost three-quarters century of service among the seven currently serving members of the Board.
With two members having served more than 20 years, and one member serving more than 10 years, Board members have a combined total of 72.9 years of service, according to HPSD data.
The Board members are among 1,400 Arkansans whose contributed time and expertise to the direction of local school policy across Arkansas’ school districts is being celebrated during School Board Member Recognition Month in January.
“Our board members assume a critical role in representing our students and advocating for public education,” HPSD Superintendent Bobby Hart said Monday. “We are very proud of our board members, and Arkansas School Board Member Recognition Month is a great time to celebrate their accomplishments.”
Zone 1 Board Member Viney Johnson holds the longest tenure of service among current Board members, having first been elected in September, 1989. Johnson also currently serves as the financial designee to the Board.
Board President Joe Short, representing Zone 4, has the second-longest service record among Board members, having been first elected in September, 1996. Short is a local attorney in the firm of Wilson, Walker and Short.
Zone 6 Board Member Denny Dickinson, a rancher and businessman in Hope and the Guernsey area, has the third-longest tenure at 14 years. Dickinson was first elected to the Board in September, 2002.
Hope Police Department Investigator Jesus Coronado, who represents Zone 7, has served on the Board since first elected in September, 2009. Coronado serves as secretary of the Board.
Retired educator Willie Buck, representing Zone 3, serves as vice president of the Board. Buck and retired educator Mildred Green, representing Zone 2, each have just over five years of service, both having first been elected to the Board in September, 2010.