Arkansas Cross County Public Schools

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Cross County was formed November 15,1862 from parts of Crittenden, Poinsett, and St. Francis counties. It was named for Col. David Cross, a Confederate officer. Cross County has rich, flat delta farmland in the east and west and rolling hills in the center. Agriculture and related enterprises are major to the county with rice bringing in more than half the county’s revenues. Soybeans and cotton are other main crops while peaches and other fruit crops are predominate on Crowly’s Ridge. Village Creek State Park, almost 7,000 acres on Crowley’s Ridge, has two fishing lakes, hiking trails, campsites, picnic sites, playgrounds, and many recreational areas, and is a poplar tourist area. The county seat is Wynne. The Wittsburg Natural Area preserves a good sample of Crowley’s Ridge covered with beech and sugar maple trees, spring wildflowers, and the state’s only natural distributions of tulip trees and pennywort. As of the 2000 census, Cross County had a population of 19,526 residents.

Cross County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 615.8 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 30.1 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population declined by 1.3%. On the 2000 census form, 99.3% of the population reported only one race, with 23.7% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.9% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.60 persons compared to an average family size of 3.07 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $22,503. Per capita income grew by 14.2% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 18,544 Covered Employment 5,001
Growth (%) since 1990 -3.5% Average wage per job $27,797
Households (2000) 7,391 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 13.5%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 8,677 Average wage per job $31,283
Unemployment Rate (2009) 7.8 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 5.2%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $27,296 Average wage per job $39,405
Median Household Income (2008) $34,489 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 18.7 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 68.3 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 4.1%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 9.9 Average wage per job $32,903
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1. CROSS County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 180, Cherry Valley, AR 72324
Phone: (870) 588-3337
County: Cross County
Enrollment: 325
Grades: 7-12

2. CROSS County
Address: P O Box 300, Cherry Valley, AR 72324
Phone: (870) 588-3327
County: Cross County
Enrollment: 133
Grades: 4-6

3. CROSS County
Address: P O Box 170, Vanndale, AR 72387
Phone: (870) 238-8521
County: Cross County
Enrollment: 194
Grades: PK-3

Address: Po Box 69, Wynne, AR 72396
Phone: (870) 238-5001
County: Cross County
Enrollment: 905
Grades: 9-12

Address: Po Box 69, Wynne, AR 72396
Phone: (870) 238-5060
County: Cross County
Enrollment: 651 3-5

Address: Po Box 69, Wynne, AR 72396
Phone: (870) 238-5040
County: Cross County
Enrollment: 697
Grades: 6-8

Address: Po Box 69, Wynne, AR 72396
Phone: (870) 238-5050
County: Cross County
Enrollment: 784
Grades: PK-2