Michelle McCaslin Cook

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Michelle McCaslin Cook
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Springdale School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 17, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas
Michelle McCaslin Cook is a member-elect for an at-large position on the Springdale Public School Board. She won election against fellow challenger Brian Moore on September 17, 2013.


Cook earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing Management from the University of Arkansas. She worked as a special education teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Cook and her husband, John, have three children.[1]



See also: Springdale Public Schools elections (2013)

Cook defeated Brian Moore to win election to the board on September 17, 2013.

Springdale Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 5-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle McCaslin Cook 54.3% 451
     Nonpartisan Brian Moore 45.7% 379
Total Votes 830
Source: Washington County Election Commission, "2013 Annual School Election Unofficial Results," September 17, 2014

Campaign finance

As of August 22, 2013, Cook has not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[2]

What was at stake?

Two seats in Zone 2 and an at-large position were up for election on September 17, 2013. Board Secretary Jeffrey Alan Williams was unopposed for the Zone 2 position on the School Board.

The district is in the first year of implementing a school choice program approved by the state legislature. The Arkansas State Legislature passed the Public School Choice Act of 2013, which went into effect on April 16, 2013. This law allows parents to select from a broader menu of area schools for their children.[3] The district is a participant in the program and allows parents from other districts to apply for enrollment to Springdale schools.[4]

About the district

See also: Springdale Public Schools, Arkansas
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Springdale Public Schools is a school district located in Northwest Arkansas in Washington and Benton counties. It is located Northwest of the captial Little Rock. According to the 2010 Census, Springdale is home to 70,382 residents.[5]
Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Springdale (%) Arkansas (%)
White 64.7 80.0
Black or African American 1.8 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 0.9
Asian 2.0 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 5.7 0.3
Two or More Races 2.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 35.4 6.8


Springdale outperforms the rest of Arkansas when measured on the basis of median household income but underperforms when measured on percentage of residents living below the poverty level and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Springdale was $41,753 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. 17.3% of Springdale residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 19.6% in Arkansas. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Springdale was 21.3% compared to 18.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 69.7% of Springdale residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 82.7% in Arkansas.[7]

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