Arkansas Prairie County Public Schools

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Prairie County was formed on November 25,1846, and was named for its most obvious physical characteristics. The county lies on a spread of level land between the lower White and Arkansas rivers that is known at the Grand Prairie as early at 1819. The landscape is rich, flat, delta farmland, with rolling hills in the extreme northwest corner. The county has dual seats, Des Arc and DeValls Bluff. The economic base of the county is agriculture, cotton and rice, soybeans, wheat, and catfish, along with agriculture-related commerce and some industry. The scenic White River makes its way through the county, past both County Seats, on its way to the Mississippi River. In the north of the county are Cypress and Des Arc Bayous, Lake Des Arc, Spring and Horn Lakes and part of the Cache River and to the south, LA Grue Bayou and Peckerwood Lake which covers 4,000 acres. As of the 2000 census, Prairie County had a population of 9,539 residents.

Prairie County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 645.9 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 13.3 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population declined by 6.9%. On the 2000 census form, 99.4% of the population reported only one race, with 13.7% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.8% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.41 persons compared to an average family size of 2.88 persons.

In 2008 educational services was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $33,025. Per capita income grew by 29.4% 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) 8,582 Covered Employment 1,483
Growth (%) since 1990 -9.8% Average wage per job $27,152
Households (2000) 3,894 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County D
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,347 Average wage per job D
Unemployment Rate (2009) 7.2 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 6.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $31,178 Average wage per job $37,877
Median Household Income (2008) $34,703 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 12.6%
Poverty Rate (2008) 18.1 Average wage per job $22,908
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 68.2 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.6%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 9.0 Average wage per job $32,255

1. DES ARC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 2100 Hickory Street, Des Arc, AR 72040
Phone: (870) 256-4128
County: Prairie County
Enrollment: 333
Grades: PK-6

2. DES ARC HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 600 Main Street, Des Arc, AR 72040
Phone: (870) 256-4166
County: Prairie County
Enrollment: 302
Grades: 7-12

3. HAZEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 477 N Hazen Ave, Hazen, AR 72064
Phone: (870) 255-4547
County: Prairie County
Enrollment: 479
Grades: PK-8

4. HAZEN HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 477 N Hazen Ave, Hazen, AR 72064
Phone: (870) 255-4546
County: Prairie County
Enrollment: 194
Grades: 9-12