Charter School Decision Date Imminent


By Tammy Moore Teague

The fate of proposed Hartford charter school, Sugarloaf Valley Academy, will soon be determined. The final determination will be made on August 17.  Charter School Board members will meet in a conference call in order to prepare for the scheduled interview on August 16.

The process began March 2, when a letter of intent was filed with the Arkansas Department of Education. Since that time, the board members of SVA have worked tirelessly to bring a school back to the town. This, following the public school closure this past year. The hope is that the charter school will be open for the 2019-20 school year. According to their application, SVA intends to enroll up to 100 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade and up to 300 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The following are listed within the application as members of the SVA’s board: Edwin Harbottle, President; Dr. Tom Harris, Director; Sherry Barnes, Vice President;  Debbie Hudgens, Secretary;  Tyler Hudgens, Director; Mary Radley, Treasurer; Debbie Slankard, Director; Elizabeth Euston, Planning; Julaine Pearson, Planning; Roy Shankle, Planning; Marian Steele, Planning.

We will continue to update this story as it develops and will publish the decision made by the ADE.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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