Arkansas Desha County Public Schools

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Desha County was formed December 12, 1838, and was named for Capt. Ben Desha. The landscape of the county is rich, flat, Delta farmland and the Mississippi River forms the eastern boundary. The county seat is Arkansas City. Desha County lies at the convergence of three of North America’s major rivers: the White, the Arkansas and the Mississippi, which provides the county with waterway connections from New Orleans to Tulsa. Railways, waterways, and the rich agricultural resources have made Desha County a major grain shipping and storage center. Desha County, along with Chicot County, has a 3.9 million Port and industrial park at Yellow Bend on the Mississippi. The White River Wildlife Refuge offers a sanctuary for migratory waterfowl. The longest levee in the United States is located in Desha County on the Mississippi River. As of the 2000 census, Desha had a population of 15,341 residents.

Desha County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 765.0 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 17.5 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population declined by 18.2%. On the 2000 census form, 99.2% of the population reported only one race, with 46.3% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 3.2% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.57 persons compared to an average family size of 3.10 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $43,277. Per capita income grew by 22.7% 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) 13,358 Covered Employment 4,716
Growth (%) since 1990 -20.5% Average wage per job $29,376
Households (2000) 5,922 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 21.4%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 5,638 Average wage per job $43,277
Unemployment Rate (2009) 10.7 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 3.9%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $28,741 Average wage per job $31,346
Median Household Income (2008) $27,555 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 29.0 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 65.0 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.8%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 11.1 Average wage per job $35,236
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1. CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 101 Court Street, Dumas, AR 71639
Phone: (870) 382-4954
County: Desha County
Enrollment: 310
Grades: PK-1

2. DUMAS HIGH SCHOOL
Address: Dan Gill Dr, Dumas, AR 71639
Phone: (870) 382-4151
County: Desha County
Enrollment: 369
Grades: 10-12

3. DUMAS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 315 S College, Dumas, AR 71639
Phone: (870) 382-4476
County: Desha County
Enrollment: 334 7-9

4. MCGEHEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 409 Oak Street, Mcgehee, AR 71654
Phone: (870) 222-5400
County: Desha County
Enrollment: 676
Grades: KG-6

5. MCGEHEE HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 767, Mcgehee, AR 71654
Phone: (870) 222-3600
County: Desha County
Enrollment: 548
Grades: 7-12

6. REED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 709 South Cherry Street, Dumas, AR 71639
Phone: (870) 382-5363
County: Desha County
Enrollment: 615
Grades: 2-6