2 local schools recognized at State Capitol

Photo: (from left) Representative Nelda Speaks, Norfork student James Whitehead, Norfork student Maggie Rychtarik, Norfork Elementary Principal Deanna Klaus and Norfork High School teacher Bradley Morrison

The achievements at two local schools have been recognized by state agencies in ceremonies at the State Capitol recently.

The Norfork School District was recognized by the Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators for “highest achieving” math scores on the 2018-19 ACT Aspire exams.

The scores were based on students enrolled in Alternative Education programs in third through 10th grade for programs of 10-25 students.

Students Maggie Rychtarik and James Whitehead, Norfork High School teacher Bradley Morrison and Elementary Principal Deanna Klaus attended the Alternative Education Conference and accepted the award on behalf of the district.

While in Little Rock, the Norfork delegation had the opportunity to spend time with State Representatives Nelda Speaks of Mountain Home and John Payton of Wilburn. Representative Speaks’ District 100 covers a portion of Baxter County, while Representative Payton’s District 64 includes portions of Baxter, Marion, Stone, Searcy and Cleburne counties.



Photo: (from left) Representative Nelda Speaks, Representative John Payton, Norfork student Maggie Rychtarik, Norfork High School teacher Bradley Morrison, Norfork Elementary Principal Deanna Klaus and Norfork student James Whitehead

The second local school district to be recognized is Izard County.



Photo: Izard County School District delegation receiving ALE award.

The Izard County School District has been honored for having one of the state’s highest achieving alternative education programs for the second year in a row by the Arkansas Department of Education.

The program was selected for high ACT Aspire test scores earned by students in the areas of English language arts, math and science.



Image: Izard County School District’s ALE award

ALE Director Sarah Burns, Assistant Principal Tim Massey and students Paislee Hightower and Zak Thompson were on hand to receive the award.

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