Charles Hopson takes Arkansas post
April 16, 2010
Hopson started his education career in special education and brought his passion for student achievement to his work as an administrator at PPS.
He began at PPS in 1989 as vice principal at Cleveland High School and then at Jefferson High School. He joined the principal ranks at Tubman Middle School and then at Franklin High School. After serving as area director for Cleveland, Franklin, Grant and Lincoln, Superintendent Carole Smith asked him to become deputy superintendent for Districtwide Programs last summer.
“I will miss Charles' thoughtful style and know he will be a strong leader for Pulaski County,” Smith said. “I know that he is pleased that he will serve his home state of Arkansas and the school district where he was a junior high special education teacher.”
The Pulaski County school board voted unanimously to hire Hopson as superintendent.
“We’re excited that under his leadership we will work together to make this the best district possible for the education of our students,” said board President Tim Clark. “Dr. Hopson’s message, and the positive direction he will take our schools, coupled with his impressive background, make him the best person for the job. We’re looking forward to him returning to Arkansas where he began his career in education.”
In a letter to the administrators in the schools and programs he leads, Hopson wrote, "I am both humbled and blessed to literally have matured in one of the most progressive urban districts in the country with ultimate professionals like all of you."
Hopson, PPS and Pulaski County are discussing the timing of his transition to the superintendent post.