Conway Public Schools, Arkansas

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Conway Public Schools
Conway, Arkansas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Greg Murray
Enrollment:9,432
Graduation rate:89.9%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $190.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Susan McNabb
Board members:7
Term length:5

Conway Public Schools is a school district in Arkansas. The district operates 9 elementary schools, 2 intermediate schools, 2 middle schools and 2 high schools. Total district enrollment is 9,432. It is the 8th largest school district in the state.[1]

About the district

Conway Public Schools are located in Faulkner County, Arkansas
Conway Public Schools are located in Faulkner County, Arkansas. The county seat of Faulkner County is Conway. Faulkner County is home to an estimated 118,704 residents as of the 2010 US Census.[2]

Demographics

Conway outperformed the rest of the state of Arkansas in median household income and percentage of residents with a high school diploma, but underperformed when measured on the percentage of people living below the poverty level. The median household income in Conway was $44,745 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. 89.0% of Conway residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 82.7% in Arkansas. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Conway was 18.6% compared to 18.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 35.0% of Benton County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 19.6% in Arkansas.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Faulkner County (%) Arkansas (%)
White 85.3 80.0
Black or African American 10.8 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.9
Asian 1.2 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.3
Two or More Races 1.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 4 6.8

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 32.8 64.4
2008 36.3 61.6
2004 39.6 58.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent for Conway Public Schools is Dr. Greg Murray. He has served in this position since July 1, 2007. Prior to joining Conway Public Schools, Murray served as the Assistant Superintendent for Springdale School District. He has been a school administrator for 21 years. He was previously a choral music teacher in the Pulaski County Special School District.[6]

School board

Current school board members include:[7]

Conway Public School Board
Member District Term Ends
Bill Clements 2 September, 2015
Susan McNabb 5 September, 2014
Chuck Shipp 3 September, 2016
Carl Barger 1 September, 2017
Dr. Adam Lamey At Large September, 2017
Dr. Quentin Washispack 4 September, 2014
Andre Acklin At Large September 2015

School board elections

See also: Conway Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Conway Public Board of Education are elected to five-year terms on a staggered basis so that at least one member position is elected every year. Each election is held on the third Tuesday in September. Two seats are up for election in September of 2014. Two seats are up for election in September 2015. One seat is up for election in September 2016. One seat is up for election in September 2017.[8]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Conway Public Schools.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $39,071,995 42.8% $3,963,801 4.3% $33,125,059 36.3% $7,158,831 7.8% $42,787,381 46.9% $91,239,236
Averages: $39,071,995 43% $3,963,801 4% $33,125,059 36% $7,158,831 8% $42,787,381 47% $91,239,236

Teacher salaries

In 2012-13 Conway Public Schools employed 753 certified staff members. This chart details teacher salaries according to the FY12-13 Certified Salary Schedule.[10]

Salary schedule

CPS FY2012-2013 Salary Scheduled
Years EXP BSE BSE +12 BSE +24 MSE MSE +12 MSE +24 Ed Spec/MSE +45 DOCT.
0 $38,324 $39,779 $41,239 $43,428 $44,886 $46,334 $47,802 $49,261
1 $39,122 $40,577 $42,073 $44,226 $45,684 $47,142 $48,600 $50,059
2 $39,920 $41,375 $42,835 $45,024 $46,482 $47,940 $49,398 $50,875
3 $40,718 $42,137 $43,633 $45,822 $47,280 $48,738 $50,196 $51,655
4 $41,516 $42,971 $44,431 $46,620 $48,078 $49,536 $50,994 $52,453
5 $42,314 $43,769 $45,229 $47,418 $48,876 $50,334 $51,792 $53,251
6 $43,112 $44,567 $46,027 $48,216 $49,674 $51,132 $52,590 $54,049
7 $43,910 $45,365 $46,825 $49,014 $50,472 $51,930 $53,388 $54,847
8 $44,708 $46,163 $47,623 $49,812 $51,270 $52,728 $54,186 $55,645
9 $45,506 $46,961 $48,421 $50,610 $52,068 $53,526 $54,984 $56,443
10 $46,304 $47,759 $49,219 $51,408 $52,866 $54,324 $55,782 $57,241
11 $47,102 $48,557 $50,017 $52,206 $53,664 $55,122 $56,580 $58,039
12 $47,900 $49,355 $50,815 $53,004 $54,462 $55,920 $57,378 $58,837
13 $48,698 $50,153 $51,613 $53,802 $55,260 $56,718 $58,176 $59,635
14 $49,496 $50,951 $52,411 $54,600 $56,058 $57,516 $58,974 $60,433
15 $50,294 $51,749 $53,209 $55,398 $56,856 $58,314 $59,772 $61,231
16 $54,007 $56,196 $57,654 $59,112 $60,570 $62,029
17 $56,994 $58,452 $59,910 $61,368 $62,029
18 $57,792 $59,250 $60,708 $62,166 $63,625
19 $58,590 $60,048 $61,506 $62,964 $64,423
20 $59,388 $60,846 $62,304 $63,762 $65,221
21 $61,644 $63,102 $64,560 $66,019
22 $63,900 $65,358 $66,817
23 $66,156 $67,615

Schools in Conway

Conway Public Schools served 9,630 students in 15 schools during the 2011-12 school year.

District schools

Conway Public Schools operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Conway Public Schools
Name
Bob Courtway Middle School
Carl Stuart Middle School
Carolyn Lewis Elementary School
Conway High School
Conway Junior High School
Ellen Smith Elementary School
Florence Mattison Elementary School
Ida Burns Elementary School
Julia Lee Moore Elementary School
Jim Stone Elementary School
Marguerite Vann Elementary School
Ruth Doyle Intermediate School
Sallie Cone Elementary School
Simon Intermediate School
Theodore Jones Elementary School
Woodrow Cummins Elementary School

Academic performance

School-by-school academic performance reports are posted online.[12]

The 2010-2011 ACT composite score was 22.2. The district offers 19 AP courses and 4 concurrent credit courses.[13]

Issues

Armed employees

Conway School District agreed with the Arkansas Attorney General's statement condemning the River Valley School District's attempt to arm their teachers. The district issued a statement stating that arming administrators was not something the school district would be pursuing in light of the Clarksville School District plan to arm certain employees.[14]

Contact information

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Conway Public Schools
2220 Prince Street
Conway, AR 72034
Phone: 501-450-4800

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Arkansas school district websites

Last rated on August 14, 2012.

The good

  • Revenue totals, budget documents, teacher contracts, and audits are available.[15]
  • School board agendas[16] and minutes[17] are posted.
  • Elected officials' names and email addresses are posted.[7]
  • Administrative officials' telephone[18] and email[19] contact information is posted.
  • Academic performance reports are posted.[12]

The bad

  • Tax rates are not available.
  • Elected officials' telephone contact details are not posted.
  • Information is not provided on how to file a public records request.
  • Employee background check details are not posted.

See also

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