Arkansas Clay County Public Schools

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Clay County was formed on March 24, 1873, from parts of Randolph and Greene counties. It was named for Senator James M. Clayton. After moving the county seat several times, officials finally settled on two county seats, as flooding on the Black and Cache Rivers often made passage impossible from one side of the county to the other. Clay County has two courthouses — the courthouse in Corning is in a residential area whereas the courthouse in Piggott is located in the center of town. The major economy comes from general farming and raising livestock. Rice is the major crop, followed by cotton, soybeans, corn, hay, and milo. Two rivers, the Cashe and the Black River offer many recreational sports such as duck hunting and fishing, horseback riding along the trails, hiking and picnicking. As of the 2000 census, Clay County had a population of 17,609 residents.

Clay County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 639.3 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 24.4 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population declined by 6.2%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 0.2% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.8% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.35 persons compared to an average family size of 2.87 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $27,758. Per capita income grew by 23.6% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 15,585 Covered Employment 4,081
Growth (%) since 1990 -13.9% Average wage per job $25,044
Households (2000) 7,417 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 16.8%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 6,750 Average wage per job $27,758
Unemployment Rate (2009) 10.6 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 1.2%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $29,345 Average wage per job $37,041
Median Household Income (2008) $31,910 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 12.9%
Poverty Rate (2008) 18.1 Average wage per job $22,494
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 60.6 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.6%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 7.4 Average wage per job $31,255
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1. CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 479, Corning, AR 72422
Phone: (870) 857-6491
County: Clay County
Enrollment: 313 3-6

2. CORNING HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 479, Corning, AR 72422
Phone: (870) 857-3041
County: Clay County
Enrollment: 519
Grades: 7-12

3. PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 479, Corning, AR 72422
Phone: (870) 857-3748
County: Clay County
Enrollment: 283
Grades: PK-2

4. PIGGOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 387, Piggott, AR 72454
Phone: (870) 598-2546
County: Clay County
Enrollment: 585
Grades: KG-6

5. PIGGOTT HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 387, Piggott, AR 72454
Phone: (870) 598-3815
County: Clay County
Enrollment: 464
Grades: 7-12

6. RECTOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 367, Rector, AR 72461
Phone: (501) 595-3358
County: Clay County
Enrollment: 352
Grades: PK-6

7. RECTOR HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 367, Rector, AR 72461
Phone: (870) 595-3553
County: Clay County
Enrollment: 306
Grades: 7-12