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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Bagley named president of H-WH School District Advisory board

  • Andrew Bagley was named president of the Helena-West Helena School District Advisory Board Monday night and Doug Friedlander was named vice president of the board. Though the district, now in fiscal distress, is still under state control under state control, Bagley told The Helena World that the current board would remain in place when local control returns to the district.
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  • Andrew Bagley was named president of the Helena-West Helena School District Advisory Board Monday night and Doug Friedlander was named vice president of the board. Though the district, now in fiscal distress, is still under state control under state control, Bagley told The Helena World that the current board would remain in place when local control returns to the district.
    Bagley said that his focus right now is to support the administration and strive to regain local control of the district and focus on the district's aging facilities.
    "We need to modernize everything we have." Bagley related. "Though we have replaced some of the aging gas lines in some of our facilities, the buildings are not where they need to be... our athletic facilities have not been touched in over 40 years."
    Bagley, known for his work with the booster club and the voice of Cougar sports, he told the Helena World that "the extra-curricular activities are important as we try to increase enrollment...we have a superior extracurricular program."
    Regarding the academics in the school district, Bagley noted that "I think all of our test scores over the past 12 months have improved and we will not know about the current year's test until July, [but] we have the district moving in the right direction."
    He cites the hard working teachers in the district as the reason for the increase in test scores.
    "We have invested a lot in professional development for teachers while Ulicious Reed (chief fiscal officer) and Suzann McCommon have been on the job."
    As the local curriculum is aligning to the state standard, "The administrative stability we have had for the past few years has helped in maximizing the instruction in the classroom." Bagley continued, "and that is why we were able to give teachers a raise to reward them for their hard work and I am proud to be able to do that for our staff."
    Bagley has taught United States history and political science full-time at Phillips College for the past 7 years.
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