The Greenwood School District received more than $230,000 from the State of Arkansas at the May meeting of the school board as a part of the the Arkansas School Recognition Program. The checks were handed out by Arkansas State Representative Charlotte Douglas.
The Arkansas School Recognition Program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that achieve high student performance and public schools that achieve high student academic growth.
"Several years ago the Arkansas legislature passed this bill into law that said ‘we want to recognize exemplary schools’," said Douglas. "We have programs in place that help schools when they weren’t doing well. But, we didn’t have anything in place that said ‘We love what you are doing’. We know from the classroom that kids need a pat on the back when they are doing great and that makes them do better. We saw that we need to do schools that way as well."
The statute that created the program authorizes rewards in an amount up to $100 per student who attends a public school or public charter school in the top five percent of all Arkansas public schools in student performance or student academic growth and up to $50 per student enrolled is awarded to public schools or public charter schools between the top five percent and the next 5 percent (schools in the top 6-10 percent) of all public schools in Arkansas in student performance or student academic growth.
East Hills Middle School received $26,353 for performance in the top six to 10 percent.
East Pointe Elementary received $77,311 for performance in the top five percent.
East Pointe Elementary received $38, 655 for growth in the top six to 10 percent.
Greenwood Jr. High received $59,370 for performance in the top five percent.
Greenwood Jr. High received $29,685 for growth in the top six to 10 percent.
"I went by to pick up the checks and I think I had as many as anyone in the entire state," said Douglas. "I just want to say how amazing it is that some of you have repeated year after year."
In other news the board approved the 2016-17 salary schedules which included a $500 increase to the base salary for certified and noncertified employees. Hourly employees and bus drivers were given a two percent raise.