ES superintendent reports successful school year

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Superintendent Bryan Pruitt said the Eureka Springs School District had an excellent school year and even experienced some growth.

“Our school has grown this year,” he said. “We’re going to be hiring two additional middle school teachers. We must be doing a good job, or else they wouldn’t be coming.”

Pruitt said the district worked on improving security this year, remodeling the elementary entryway to make the building more secure and adding a school resource officer (SRO).

“That has been a good thing for us,” he said.

He said the district has continued to work on its Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) building and also plans to do “a facelift on the elementary school,” improve parking and eliminate some drainage issues on campus.

“The elementary is not in bad shape,” Pruitt said. “It’s just time to do some work on the building.”

Eureka Springs has added new curriculum and educational opportunities this year, he said, such as the Connect 4 Program and the Med Pro Ed program at North Arkansas College in Berryville.

“Several students have taken advantage of those programs,” Pruitt said.

He said the district also purchased the American Reading Company (ARC) Literacy Lab curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade.

“That was a big investment,” Pruitt said, “and we hope to see some results. We’re excited to see our report card at the end of the year.”

The high school has about 35 seniors graduating Saturday, May 18, he said, and the district is looking forward to offering new programs and opportunities for students next school year, such as the completed outdoor classroom.

“We’re always looking for new opportunities for our kids,” Pruitt said. “We want them to come back wondering what’s new at the school. Everything is aimed at encouraging growth and helping our students be successful.”

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