Hope Public Schools starts the school year, welcomes new superintendent
HOPE, Ark. (KSLA) - The first bell at Hope High School this morning signaled the start of the new school year.
Before students made it to class, Hope Schools recently held a vote requiring masks for all students and staff on school campuses — going against a bill that Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed banning state and local mask mandates.
However, an Arkansas Judge temporarily blocked that ban — allowing school districts to implement their won policies.
In the school district, teachers are encouraged to get vaccinated with a monetary incentive. Teachers who are fully vaccinated will get a one-time $200 bonus.
In addition to teachers, all students ages 12 and over are encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine, too.
Hope Public Schools is also welcoming its new superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Crossley. Crossley comes to Hope from the Pine Bluff School District, where he served as assistant superintendent.
“We are making sure we are re-imagining a high school diploma,” Crossley said. “We want every kid to graduate high school and have access to a two-year associate’s degree, professional certification in a skilled trade or advancement in the military.”
Crossley, a South Carolina native, holds a BA in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, an MA from Arkansas Tech University, as well as EdS. and EdD. degrees.
“We have principals across the district who are providing great leadership, we have great, excellent teachers in the classrooms who are ready to receive students,” he added. “Welcome students, we are excited for the school year.”
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