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Fifteen of State’s 203 Rewards Received by Schools in Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK, AR (May 7, 2019) – Pulaski County public schools, both traditional and charter, accounted for 15 of Arkansas’s 203 Reward Schools, totaling $676,391.40 of the state’s $7 Million total. Today, those schools were recognized at the Little Rock Regional Chamber and presented with ceremonial checks to honor and commemorate their outstanding accomplishments.

Members of the State Legislature, local Mayors, and Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, and Maumelle Chambers of Commerce participated in the check presentations to their respective reward winning schools.

Little Rock Regional Chamber Board Chair Kevin Crass said, “We are excited to partner with our fellow Chambers to recognize these high performing schools. Presenting 15 Reward School checks is a great acknowledgement of schools that are leading the way in providing the much-needed talent for the County’s workforce. We will continue working county-wide to transform all our schools and ensure a strong economic future for Little Rock.”

Additionally, 12 schools in the county received an ‘A’ on the State Report Cards, based on performance, growth, student success, school quality, and in the case of high schools, graduation rates.

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%. Local education advocacy group Arkansas Learns championed the Reward School funding in the 89th, 90th and 91st General Assemblies and provided the ceremonial checks presented to the schools along with ‘A’ grade displays.

“We’re certainly proud of our students and professionals at Baker Elementary and Chenal Elementary for their continued hard work,” said Dr. Charles McNulty, superintendent of Pulaski County Special School District. “We’re excited about the direction our schools are taking becoming high performing schools across Pulaski County.”

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.

“As principal, it’s exciting to have our students achieve academic success. Their hard work continues to pay off,” said Chenal Elementary principal, Yolanda Harris. “I’m also thankful for our teachers who work tirelessly to ensure every student succeeds.”

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:

About the Little Rock Regional Chamber (
The Little Rock Regional Chamber is the principal business-driven leadership organization responsible for fostering the economic growth and development of the Little Rock region to ensure that business and industry may operate profitably and enhance the earning opportunities and quality of life for every citizen.

Reward Schools in Pulaski County
Top 5% Performance
Academics Plus Maumelle Charter Elementary: $62,979.30
Baker Elementary School (PCSSD): $34,018.74
Chenal Elementary School (PCSSD): $48,598.20
Crestwood Elementary School (NLRSD): $45,027.72
Don Roberts Elementary School (LRSD): $91,840.68
Forest Park Elementary School (LRSD): $42,944.94
Jefferson Elementary School (LRSD): $34,217.10

Top 6 – 10% Performance
Forest Heights STEM Academy (LRSD): $35,449.70

Top 5% Growth/Graduation
Crestwood Elementary School (NLRSD): $45,027.72
Don Roberts Elementary School (LRSD): $91,840.68
eStem Public Charter High School: $45,821.16
Lisa Academy High School: $38,680.20
Lisa Academy North High School: $15,075.36

Top 6 – 10% Growth/Graduation
Chenal Elementary School (PCSSD): $24,294.20
Lisa Academy North Elementary School: $20,575.70

‘A’ Schools in Pulaski County
Academics Plus Maumelle Charter Elementary School
Academics Plus Maumelle Charter High School
Baker Elementary School (PCSSD)
Chenal Elementary School (PCSSD)
Crestwood Elementary School (NLRSD)
Don Roberts Elementary School (LRSD)
Forest Heights STEM Academy (LRSD)
Forest Park Elementary School (LRSD)
Jefferson Elementary School (LRSD)
Lisa Academy
Lisa Academy North High School
Lisa Academy North Middle School