H-WHSD Superintendent John Hoy has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Public School Academic Facilities by the Facilities Division at the Arkansas Department of Education. He will be a representative of the Arkansas Rural Education Association.

H-WHSD Superintendent John Hoy has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Public School Academic Facilities by the Facilities Division at the Arkansas Department of Education. He will be a representative of the Arkansas Rural Education Association.

The Commission was created by Act 801 of 2017 to evaluate the future of the state’s Academic Facilities Partnership Program. The Committee will be providing recommendations on funding and the future formula for funding facilities projects.

Hoy was honored to be selected for the Advisory Committee.

He said, “This is very important work that will affect all of the school districts around the state. I think this appointment is a reflection of the respect that this district is receiving for its work. That is a testament of the hard work that has been done in the area of facilities by our team, particularly our school board members who worked hard to develop the plan being implemented. It is fitting that this appointment is announced as we prepare to open a new elementary facility which received approximately $3 million in funds from the facilities partnership program.”

School Board President Andrew Bagley was also pleased saying, “Mr. Hoy’s appointment is very significant. It is a recognition of the positive strides that this district is making and of the improved reputation that it has among the policymakers of this state. It is very important that H-WHSD have a seat at the table when the laws are being made and when the rules are being written. Our board is happy that our achievements are being recognized and we know that Mr. Hoy will be a very important voice for H-WHSD and the rest of the similarly situated districts in this state.”

The first meeting of the Advisory Committee will take place July 25 in Little Rock.

The Helena-West Helena School District received over $3 million from this program for the construction of the new Eliza Miller Building on the J. F. Wahl Elementary campus, which is being dedicated on Thursday, July 27. HWHSD has been approved for over $6.5 million in funding from the program for the new high school facilities approved by voters in March. The district hopes to begin demolition and dirt work on that project at the CHS campus next month.