Arkansas Van Buren County Public Schools

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Van Buren County was formed November 1833, from parts of Conway, Independence and Izard counties. The county was named for Martin Van Buren who was Vice President of the United States at that time, and Van Buren County was the 29th county of the State of Arkansas. The landscape of the county is rugged and mountainous in the north and rugged to rolling terrain in the south. Clinton is the county seat. The economic base is small industry, cattle farming and tourism. The beauty of the Ozark Mountain with its waterfalls, natural bridges, and underground caverns are unique. The nationally known “Natural Bridge of Arkansas” is 100 feet long, 50 feet high and 4 feet thick. The bridge was actually used as a roadway until after the turn of the century. The Brock, the Driver Creek, and the Little Red River areas offer hunting and camping. The most populous area of the county is Fairfield Bay, with more than 4,000 people. Greers Ferry Lake’s, 40,000 acres of water offers boating, skiing, swimming, fishing and hunting is a popular area with thousands of visitors each year. As of the 2000 census, Van Buren had a population of 16,192 residents.

Van Buren County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 711.5 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 23.1 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 95.7%. On the 2000 census form, 98.5% of the population reported only one race, with 0.3% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.3% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.33 persons compared to an average family size of 2.79 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $19,960. Per capita income grew by 20.2% 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) 16,418 Covered Employment 3,703
Growth (%) since 1990 17.2% Average wage per job $25,441
Households (2000) 6,825 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 9.3%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 7,011 Average wage per job $27,301
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.9 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 3.7%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $26,654 Average wage per job $41,379
Median Household Income (2008) $35,155 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 18.3 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 71.6 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 3.6%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 11.5 Average wage per job $32,069

1. CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 849 Edd St, Clinton, AR 72031
Phone: (501) 745-6035
County: Van Buren County
Enrollment: 293
Grades: 10-12

2. CLINTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Address: 1243 Yellowjacket Ln, Clinton, AR 72031
Phone: (501) 745-6043
County: Van Buren County
Enrollment: 260
Grades: 4-6

3. CLINTON JR HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 848 Walker St, Clinton, AR 72031
Phone: (501) 745-6079
County: Van Buren County
Enrollment: 341 7-9

4. COWSERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 1160 Walker St, Clinton, AR 72031
Phone: (501) 745-6046
County: Van Buren County
Enrollment: 462
Grades: PK-3

5. SHIRLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 154 School Drive, Shirley, AR 72153
Phone: (501) 723-8193
County: Van Buren County
Enrollment: 287
Grades: KG-6

6. SHIRLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 154 School Drive, Shirley, AR 72153
Phone: (501) 723-8192
County: Van Buren County
Enrollment: 223
Grades: 7-12

7. SOUTH SIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 334 Southside Road, Bee Branch, AR 72013
Phone: (501) 654-2200
County: Van Buren County
Enrollment: 306
Grades: KG-6

8. SOUTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 334 Southside Road, Bee Branch, AR 72013
Phone: (501) 654-2242
County: Van Buren County
Enrollment: 221
Grades: 7-12