Arkansas Pike County Public Schools

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Pike County was formed in November 1833 by the Territorial Legislature from portions of Clark and Hempstead counties and was named for Zebulon Pike, for whom Pike’s Peak in Colorado is named. The county seat is Murfreesboro. The landscape of the county is rugged terrain in the northern half and rolling hills in the south. The economic base of Pike County is made up of commercial forests and small family farms. The Crater of Diamonds, an 886-acre natural park south of Murfreesboro, is the only diamond mine in North America open to the public. If you find a diamond, you keep the diamond. The crater also yields amethyst, opal, jasper, agate, quartz and other minerals. The deed records for the diamond mind are housed in the county courthouse and are the only records of title in North America to a diamond mine. The Caddo River, the Little Missouri River and Lake Greeson offer excellent fishing, canoeing, swimming, picnicking sites, and other water activities. As of the 2000 census, Pike County had a population of 11,303 residents.

Pike County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 603.0 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 17.6 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 29.8%. On the 2000 census form, 98.9% of the population reported only one race, with 3.5% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 3.6% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.47 persons compared to an average family size of 2.94 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $19,391. Per capita income grew by 23.5% 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) 10,627 Covered Employment 2,745
Growth (%) since 1990 5.4% Average wage per job $25,390
Households (2000) 4,504 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 11.6%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 5,119 Average wage per job $23,617
Unemployment Rate (2009) 7.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 4.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $28,952 Average wage per job $31,445
Median Household Income (2008) $37,545 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 17.5 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 68.8 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 4.6%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 10.1 Average wage per job $34,976

1. CENTERPOINT PRIMARY SCHOOL
Address: 1000 Lakeshore Drive, Glenwood, AR 71943
Phone: (870) 356-3602
County: Pike County
Enrollment: 327
Grades: PK-3

2. DELIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: Po Box 8, Delight, AR 71940
Phone: (870) 379-2214
County: Pike County
Enrollment: 173
Grades: PK-6

3. DELIGHT HIGH SCHOOL
Address: Po Box 8, Delight, AR 71940
Phone: (870) 379-2214
County: Pike County
Enrollment: 179
Grades: 7-12

4. KIRBY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: Po Box 9, Kirby, AR 71950
Phone: (501) 398-4213
County: Pike County
Enrollment: 262
Grades: KG-6

5. KIRBY HIGH SCHOOL
Address: Po Box 9, Kirby, AR 71950
Phone: (501) 398-4211
County: Pike County
Enrollment: 194
Grades: 7-12

6. MURFREESBORO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: Po Box 339, Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Phone: (870) 285-2193
County: Pike County
Enrollment: 270
Grades: KG-6

7. MURFREESBORO HIGH SCHOOL
Address: Po Box 339, Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Phone: (870) 285-2184
County: Pike County
Enrollment: 255
Grades: 7-12