Mt. Vernon-Enola High School will receive $21,720.42 through the Arkansas School Recognition Program.
The program, through the Arkansas Department of Education, was created to provide financial awards to public schools that achieve high student performance and public schools that achieve high student academic growth, including high school graduation rates as well.
The funds were also based on student performance via the state required assessments in third-10th grades. These recent money amounts were based on the 2017-2018 school year spring results and 2016-2017 graduation rates.
"This is a great day for 175 schools in Arkansas," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a news release Oct. 29. "I am proud of the leadership of the educators. I am thankful for the support of the parents and communities, which is vital for this level of success. And I applaud the students who have worked so hard and earned their way into the top 10 percent. Congratulations to the Bismarck School District, which achieved reward status at all three levels."
Rewards for schools are in an amount up to $100 per student who attends a public school or public charter school in the top 5 percent of all Arkansas public schools in student performance or student academic growth, which includes high school graduation rates for secondary schools, according to the ADE website.
“Up to $50 per student enrolled is awarded to public schools or public charter schools between the top 5 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, which includes high school graduation rates for secondary schools,” the website reads.
Mt. Vernon-Enola High School ranked in the top 5 percent for growth and graduation.
In total, nearly $7 million was awarded to districts across the state this year for performance and growth.
For Faulkner County, Mt. Vernon-Enola was just one school on the list.
Greenbrier School District was awarded $388,717.16 for seven of its schools. In 2017, it was awarded more than $452,000.
Greenbrier Superintendent Scott Spainhour previously told the LCD that the amount was “an incredible, significant,” amount and that he was thrilled the district and its teachers and students were recognized for all their hard work.
“I’m very excited,” Spainhour told the LCD. “I’m pleased that they’re going to have the opportunity to be recognized. Excited for them because they do work a lot, they do give up a lot, they want what’s best for kids and to be recognized for that, I think that’s great.”
Altogether, 51 schools qualified in the top 5 percent for performance bringing in $99.18 per student; 51 schools qualified in the top 6-10 percent performance for $49.58 per student; 51 schools qualified in the top 5 percent for growth getting $99.19 per student; and 50 schools came in the top 6-10 percent in growth getting $49.58 per student.
The award announcement also came at an earlier time this year.
“The announcement was moved to October because the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) School Index was reported [Oct.] 12 — six months early,” Kimberly Friedman, ADE director of communications, previously told the Log Cabin Democrat.
In previous years, the school performance data was released in April, but “in response to stakeholder feedback,” ADE worked to shorten that timelines for the data to be released to allow schools to use that information to make student-learning impacted decisions, the release states.
Greenbrier Junior High will receive $55,044.90 for being in the top 5 percent for performance.
Greenbrier Middle School will receive $53,755.56 for being in the top 5 percent for performance.
Greenbrier Springhill Elementary will receive $41,655.69 for being in the top 5 percent for performance and $38,481.84 for being in the top five percent for growth.
Greenbrier Westside Elementary will receive $41,556.42 for being in the top 5 percent for performance.
Greenbrier Wooster Elementary will receive $38,481.84 for being in the top 5 percent for performance and $38,481.84 for being in the top five percent for growth.
Greenbrier Eastside Elementary will receive $19,633.68 for being in the top 6-10 percent for performance and $19,832 for being in the top six-10 percent for growth.
Greenbrier High School will receive $38,870.72 for being in the top 6-10 percent for growth.
Conway School District — Ruth Doyle Middle School scored in the top 5 percent in performance, Woodrow Cummins Elementary scored in the top 5 percent for performance and Julia Lee Moore Elementary scored in the top 6-10 percent in performance — will receive $132,500.52.
Vilonia High School also scored in the top six to 10 percent in growth and will receive $36,590.04.