Arkansas Monroe County Public Schools

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Monroe County was created on November 2, 1829, by the Territorial Legislature from portions of Arkansas and Phillips counties and named for James Monroe, fifth President of the United States and author of the “Monroe Doctrine.” Clarendon is the County Seat. The landscape is rich, flat, delta farmland. The economy is agriculture, soybeans, cotton, rice and wheat with some small manufacturing. Interstate 40 passes through the county. Lake Greenlee, a rectangular lake enclosed by a four-sided levee, Green and East lakes, backwater lakes, and Maddox Bay offer excellent fishing. The Cache River runs through the county with Dagmar Wildlife Management Area providing hunting for several species. In the southwestern part of the county, the scenic White River runs through the White River National Wildlife Management Area and provides great boating and fishing and is home to virtually every wild bird and animal found in the southern United States. As of the 2000 census, Monroe County had a population of 10,254 residents.

Monroe County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 606.6 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 13.5 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population declined by 34.5%. On the 2000 census form, 98.9% of the population reported only one race, with 38.8% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.3% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.47 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 $20,207. Per capita income grew by 19.8% 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) 8,171 Covered Employment 2,436
Growth (%) since 1990 -27.9% Average wage per job $23,581
Households (2000) 4,105 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 4.6%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 3,734 Average wage per job $28,710
Unemployment Rate (2009) 7.7 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 7.7%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $27,095 Average wage per job $32,905
Median Household Income (2008) $27,044 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 26.0 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 63.8 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.9%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 8.4 Average wage per job $35,426

1. BRINKLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 100 Tiger Drive, Brinkley, AR 72021
Phone: (870) 734-5005
County: Monroe County
Enrollment: 359
Grades: 7-12

2. C.B. PARTEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 400 W Lynn Street, Brinkley, AR 72021
Phone: (870) 734-5010
County: Monroe County
Enrollment: 404
Grades: KG-6

3. CLARENDON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 248, Clarendon, AR 72029
Phone: (870) 747-3383
County: Monroe County
Enrollment: 340
Grades: KG-6

4. CLARENDON HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 320 N 7th Street, Clarendon, AR 72029
Phone: (870) 747-3326
County: Monroe County
Enrollment: 293
Grades: 7-12