Arkansas Independence County Public Schools

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Independence County was created in October 1820 from part of Lawrence County. Its name comes from the Declaration of Independence. The landscape of the county is rolling hills, foothills of the Ozarks, except for river delta farmland in the southeast section. The county seat is Batesville. Agriculture is the economic base of the county, primarily is cattle and poultry production and processing. Some manufacturing is located near Batesville. The scenic White River coming into Batesville has the typical Ozark bends, riffles, shoals and pools surrounded by forest, rock, and hillsides. The river brought settlers to the county in the early 1800’s. The Pioneer Cemetery is the oldest recognized and preserved cemetery in Arkansas. Batesville has one college, Lyon College, a private Christian college established in 1872. The college has an annual Ozark Scottish Festival & Highland Games each year. As of the 2000 census, Independence County had a population of 34,233 residents.

Independence County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 763.8 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 45.3 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 50.7%. On the 2000 census form, 98.7% of the population reported only one race, with 2.0% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.5% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.47 persons compared to an average family size of 2.95 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $35,428. Per capita income grew by 21.8% 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) 34,634 Covered Employment 15,478
Growth (%) since 1990 11.0% Average wage per job $30,157
Households (2000) 13,467 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 25.4%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 16,948 Average wage per job $35,428
Unemployment Rate (2009) 8.2 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 4.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $32,093 Average wage per job $36,355
Median Household Income (2008) $36,019 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 15.1 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 75.5 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.6%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 13.7 Average wage per job $35,968
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1. BATESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 1 Pioneer Drive, Batesville, AR 72501
Phone: (870) 793-6846
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 527
Grades: 10-12

2. BATESVILLE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 2 Pioneer Drive, Batesville, AR 72501
Phone: (870) 793-7533
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 660 7-9

3. CEDAR RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 1500 N Hill Street, Newark, AR 72562
Phone: (870) 799-8691
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 359
Grades: 7-12

4. CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 650 Vine, Batesville, AR 72501
Phone: (870) 793-7498
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 306
Grades: KG-6

5. CORD-CHARLOTTE ELEM. SCHOOL
Address: 225 School Road, Charlotte, AR 72522
Phone: (870) 799-3051
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 145
Grades: KG-6

6. CUSHMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 370, Cushman, AR 72526
Phone: (870) 793-6321
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 120
Grades: KG-6

7. CUSHMAN HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 370, Cushman, AR 72526
Phone: (870) 793-6321
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 120
Grades: 7-12

8. EAGLE MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: Eagle Mountain Blvd, Batesville, AR 72501
Phone: (870) 698-9141
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 634
Grades: PK-6

9. MIDLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 119, Floral, AR 72534
Phone: (501) 345-2413
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 347
Grades: PK-6

10. MIDLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 630, Pleasant Plains, AR 72568
Phone: (501) 345-2610
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 241
Grades: 7-12

11. NEWARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 3549 Cord Road, Newark, AR 72562
Phone: (870) 799-8691
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 296
Grades: PK-6

12. SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 70 Scott Drive, Batesville, AR 72501
Phone: (870) 251-2661
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 653
Grades: PK-4

13. SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 70 Scott Drive, Batesville, AR 72501
Phone: (870) 251-2662
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 431
Grades: 9-12

14. SOUTHSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Address: 70 Scott Drive, Batesville, AR 72501
Phone: (870) 251-2332
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 444
Grades: 5-8

15. SULPHUR ROCK ELEMENTARY
Address: P O Box 98, Sulphur Rock, AR 72579
Phone: (870) 799-3149
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 302 KG-6

16. WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 850 Hill Street, Batesville, AR 72501
Phone: (870) 793-9878
County: Independence County
Enrollment: 443
Grades: KG-6