John Hoy, superintendent of the Helena-West Helena School District, was one of only two superintendents statewide to be elected to the board of directors of the Arkansas Rural Education Association.

Founded 50 years ago, the Arkansas Rural Education Association (AREA) is a statewide organization – affiliated with the National Rural Education Association – that promotes quality experiences and opportunities for all of Arkansas's rural students. AREA is dedicated to improving instruction and promoting quality education so that rural students are able to compete and thrive in a diverse global community.

John Hoy, superintendent of the Helena-West Helena School District, was one of only two superintendents statewide to be elected to the board of directors of the Arkansas Rural Education Association.

Founded 50 years ago, the Arkansas Rural Education Association (AREA) is a statewide organization – affiliated with the National Rural Education Association – that promotes quality experiences and opportunities for all of Arkansas's rural students. AREA is dedicated to improving instruction and promoting quality education so that rural students are able to compete and thrive in a diverse global community.

“One of the first things I did when nominated was to research AREA’s mission to ensure it aligns with my first priority: the Helena-West Helena School District,” said Hoy. “I came away assured that my service with AREA will in fact enhance my work in the district rather than detract from it.”

AREA also provides a unified voice for representing rural school districts to legislative bodies and public officials.

“Mr. Hoy’s involvement in statewide education groups is invaluable to the Helena-West Helena School District,” said H-WHSD Board President Andrew Bagley. “It provides us with a seat at the table and a voice with policy makers as they make decisions that affect our school district. Our board encourages this involvement and is proud that Mr. Hoy has been selected to this position.”