John Hoy, Superintendent of the Helena-West Helena School District for the past four years, announced his resignation effective June 30, 2018, at the end of the scheduled School Board meeting held Monday, March 12 at the HWHSD Administration building. The Board reluctantly accepted his resignation by roll call.
"Please accept my notice, that I do not intend to return next year and that I intend to resign as Superintendent of the Helena-West Helena School District effective June 30, 2018," said Hoy. "I want to give this notice so that you can begin the process of finding my replacement. It is my intention to assist this Board in making this transition as seamless as it was when I arrived in 2014. I look forward to what roll, if any, you would like me to play in this process."
"For me," said Hoy, "it's just time. My wife and I have purchased a home outside the district and I would like to be where my home is as we begin new chapters in our lives."
School Board President Andrew Bagley expressed sadness at Hoy's departure saying, "Mr. Hoy and the School Board have worked very hard together to get the Helena-West Helena School District headed in the right direction. When John told me he was considering this a few days ago, I immediately tried to get him to reconsider. The Board was satisfied with his overall performance, we had just been discussing long-term plans with Mr. Hoy and he signed a contract extension not long ago, so this decision is a shock. While we haven't always agreed, I have the utmost respect for Mr. Hoy and can unequivocally say he is leaving this district in a better position than he found it. We wish him well in his future pursuits."
Hoy came to the district after being appointed by former Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell. Prior to his coming to HWHSD, Hoy was the Assistant Commissioner of Accountability at the Arkansas Department of Education. Hoy also served as an Assistant Superintendent in the Monticello School District, the Director of Federal Programs in the Lee County School District, the Principle of Hughes High School, an Assistant Principal in Forest City, and as a Math teacher.
See more about Superintendent Hoy's resignation in the Friday, March 16 edition of the Helena-West Helena World.