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Hoxie High School Principal Bart Hyde interacts with students Cheryl Adams (from left) and Kyli Powers.

Bart Hyde assumes helm
at Hoxie High School

John Bland
Publisher

After serving last year as Hoxie High School's assistant principal, Bart Hyde is now the school's principal. He replaced Charnelsa "Charlie" Powell, who was named superintendent of the Piggott School District.

Having completed the first quarter of the school year, Hyde reflected, "It's been good. We've had a great start."

During the first 15 school days, Hyde also spent 11 nights attending a ballgame or other school function. He said he wanted to be at those functions, and it is part of his job. However, he said it would be hard for him to do that if he were married and had children.

"Everybody here has been very supportive and let me do my job," he said.

Doing his job and expecting others to do their jobs is his basic philosophy as an administrator. "I'm a firm believer that everybody has a job and a responsibility and that things go smoother if they do it. I know what's expected of me," Hyde said.

He grew up in the Paragould area and graduated in 1994 from Greene County Tech, where playing sports was a big part of his life.

"I always knew from a young age that I wanted to be in education," said Hyde, whose mother taught school for 40 years. "I had so many teachers and coaches who were strong and positive influences."

Along with his teachers and coaches, he attributes his success to his parents. "I had great parents," Hyde said. His parents, Dairl and Brenda Hyde, now reside in Jonesboro. His dad worked for the state highway department for 40 years.

"They always fully supported my teachers and coaches 100 percent," Hyde said, adding that his parents instilled in him the attitude of accepting responsibility and not making excuses.

Hyde would return to Greene County Tech after obtaining a bachelor's degree in physical education, health and social studies at Arkansas State University. Two year's after completing his bachelor's degree, he earned a master's degree in school administration at ASU.

He spent nine years at GCT, where he taught social studies and coached football and baseball, primarily, and assisted a lesser amount with basketball.

Next, he spent two years at Valley View, where he taught health and coached football and track.

His first administrative job was at Gosnell, where he spent one year as junior high principal and defensive coordinator of the football team.

Because the demands of being principal are great, Hyde knew he couldn't do both. "I knew I had to make a decision," he said. From Gosnell, he came to Hoxie as assistant principal.

One of the biggest challenges he sees as principal is transitioning to meet the educational standards in a high school with grades 7-12. The Common Core standards are fully implemented in grades K-8, while grades 9-12 are still under the No Child Left Behind Act guidelines. He explained that Common Core standards are more global, in an attempt to equip students with the skills needed to have success anywhere.

One of the biggest changes he has seen in education is the number of students who see counselors. "We try to provide everything we can for the kids - food, immunizations, a coat closest. It goes way, way beyond the classroom. There's much more to education than that," he said.

"Everyday when you step foot on campus, you're going to have challenges," Hyde said. "The job is demanding, and you know it's an important job. You're trying to change a child's life."

With any issue, Hyde said he asks the question, "What's in the child's best interest, and how do we move forward?"

"If you can make a difference in the life of a child, then you've been a success."

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