Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education are pleased to announce that $6,999,963.62 will be awarded to 175 public schools through the Arkansas School Recognition Program.
The Arkansas School Recognition Program (see Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2107) provides awards to the top 10 percent of schools that achieve high student performance on the state required assessments in grades three through 10. Awards also are given to the top 10 percent of public schools that achieve high student academic growth, which includes high school graduation rates where applicable. Awards announced today are based on assessment information from the 2017-2018 school year and graduation rates from the 2016-2017 school year.

"This is a great day for 175 schools in Arkansas," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. "I am proud of the leadership of the educators. I am thankful for the support of the parents and communities, which is vital for this level of success. And I applaud the students who have worked so hard and earned their way into the top 10 percent. Congratulations to the Bismarck School District, which achieved reward status at all three levels."
Schools receiving recognition funds are required to establish a committee to determine how to use the funds. Funds must be used for faculty and staff bonuses, educational equipment and materials, or personnel to assist with improving or maintaining student performance. The committee will include the principal, a teacher and a parent representative.

The Heber Springs Middle School was ranked in the Top 6 - 10 percent. Performance and their award is $18,790.82.

“We are so excited that the State of Arkansas is recognizing the Middle School at Heber Springs for outstanding academic achievement. The staff at the Middle School have embraced doing everything necessary to see that our children are taught in an exceptional way! I want to applaud our staff for their hard work and dedication. The community should be proud of our schools.” said Superintendent Dr. Alan Stauffacher.

The Concord High School received their award for  Top 5 percent in Growth in Graduation rates. Their award is $21,522.06.

" As superintendent of the Concord School District, words can't express how proud I am for the students and staff of Concord high School for earning another "A" rating from the Arkansas Department of Education. This rating is the result of a staff who are dedicated to providing the best education possible for their students.It is the result of parental and community support who have high expectations for our school district and our hard working students." said Dr. Michael Davidson, Superintendent of Concord School District.

There were 175 schools on the Reward Schools list. Congratulations to these two Cleburne County School Districts.