With all due apologies to Alice Cooper, “School’s back from summer!”
With two private schools in Faulkner County already under way, the remaining area schools will open their doors Monday morning, and another year will commence.
Conway Public Schools, the largest of the districts will begin its sophomore season with the new high school, located along the still-under-construction Prince Street. A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is up and running near the school, and more traffic will be a concern for those getting in and out of the establishment. The school district has approximately 9,500 students, according to the last published data, making it one of the top 16 school districts in the state based on population. With 10 elementary schools and seven secondary schools, the reach of the education system throughout Conway is vast.
Greenbrier Public Schools enter 2013 with a prestigious honor — being named as having one of the top high schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication reviewed more than 21,000 schools throughout the nation and selected Greenbrier as the fifth best high school in the state.
A new feature being used in the Greenbrier system this year will be the Home Access Center, which will keep parents and students informed of assignments, grades and attendance information throughout the school year.
Vilonia is a school district that is growing, which was evident by the new millage passed by voters in 2012.
The one-mill increase will provide funding for an Intermediate School for grades 4-6, a safe room for the Junior High/Senior High and a safe roof for the Primary school. One mill is estimated to bring in $7 million in the district, costing taxpayers an increase of about $20 in taxes on a house with an assessed value of $100,000. The state will provide $9 million in funding for the project.
The Mayflower School District will get back into gear as the community settles after a whirlwind spring and summer involving the oil spill in the Northwoods subdivision. For weeks, the smell of oil was evident in the town, but recent testing has shown that the cleanup efforts have been successful.
Mayflower uses a mission statement to engage with its community, and it says that it will “strive to ensure that each and every student is educated and prepared to succeed in life.”
This will be accomplished through:
• Promoting educational excellence
• Strong instructional leadership
• Utilization of excellent teaching strategies
• Nurturing the unique talents of each individual
• Excellent communication
• Providing and maintaining excellent facilities
• Ensuring a safe environment
• Embracing cultural diversity
• Developing responsible citizens
• Creating life-long learners
Whether a student attends St. Joseph, Conway Christian or any of the area public schools, the cycle of the year will get cranking again Monday.