Schools Receive $127,087.84 In Rewards


Four Independence County schools – Batesville’s Central and West Elementary Schools and Southside Charter High School have been named among Arkansas’s 204 Reward Schools.

Additionally, Batesville’s Sulphur Rock and West Elementary Schools were two of Arkansas’s 163 schools receiving an ‘A’ on the State Report Cards, based on performance, growth, student success, school quality, and in the case of high schools, graduation rates.

For ranking among the Top 5% improving schools in Arkansas, based on growth of students’ ACT Aspire scores, Batesville’s Central and West Elementary Schools received $34,282.08 and $50,178.24, respectively.

For ranking among the Top 6–10% of Arkansas schools in Growth and Graduation, Southside Charter High received $16,997.40. Batesville’s West Elementary also received $25,089.12 for ranking among Arkansas’s Top 6-10% in Performance.

Tuesday, there will be a check presentation for Southside Charter High School beginning at 9:50 in the high school auditorium.

Monday, May 21st Sulphur Rock Elementary, West Elementary, and Central Elementary will be honored and/or receive a check.  Each presentation will take place at each elementary gym:

9:15 – Sulphur Rock Gym
10:00 – West Magnet Gym
10:40 – Central Elementary Gym

All community supporters are invited to attend!

For their performance and growth/graduation in the 2016-17 school year, a total 204 public schools in Arkansas were recognized as either high performing schools, high gaining schools, or both through the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program.

According to the Arkansas Department of Education, “the Arkansas School Recognition Program, Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2107, was created to provide financial awards to public schools that achieve high student performance, student academic growth, and for secondary schools, high school graduation rate.”

The statute authorizes rewards in an amount up to $100 per student for Top 5% and up to $50 per student for the Top 6-10%.

Schools receiving recognition funds must establish a committee to determine the best use of the funds. The committee includes the principal, a teacher elected by the faculty, and a parent representative selected by the local parent teacher organization or another parental involvement group. Schools may use the funds for faculty and staff bonuses, educational equipment and materials, or personnel to assist with improving or maintaining student performance and growth.

A complete list of Reward Schools may be found at Letter grades and scores for each school in Arkansas may be found at

For more detailed information on the performance of Arkansas’s public schools, visit

Arkansas Learns, the Voice of Business for excellent education options – including industry-relevant career pathways – for all students, championed the Reward School funding in the 89th, 90th and 91st General Assemblies and provided the presentation checks and ‘A’ grade displays. For more, visit, and use #RewardSchool and @ArkansasLearns on social media.

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