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Schools personalize learning

Springdale district involves students in setting goals

Subscriber onlyExcitement builds in children when they dream about their futures, a middle school principal said. Continue reading...

Hartford schools contrive to stay open with merger

Subscriber onlySchool officials are making plans for the Hartford School District to merge with its neighbor, Hackett, in anticipation that Hartford's enrollment will continue to fall below the state-mandated minimum of 350 students. Continue reading...

Harrison district to vote on 4.9 mills for school construction

Subscriber onlyArchitectural plans to expand Harrison High School include building a new gymnasium and auditorium, and remodeling the performing arts spaces into classroom space for ninth-graders. Continue reading...

Lead Hill faulted over water tab

Pay up on time or go to jail, judge warns town’s officials

A circuit judge found Lead Hill town officials in contempt of court Tuesday because of their failure to follow a court order to repay thousands owed to a rural public water system that depends in part on Lead Hill's water payments. Continue reading...

Sales tax holiday incentive to shop

Consumers in the state, particularly parents preparing to send children back to school, will not have to pay sales taxes on numerous items -- including shoes, backpacks and pencils -- during this weekend's sales tax holiday. Continue reading...

Madison County gets jail-solution deadline

Meet standards by Aug. 25, state says

Subscriber onlyMadison County officials have until Aug. 25 to satisfy state jail standards on staffing and until Nov. 5 to have a long-term plan in place for expanding the jail before state officials will take steps to close it, a state official said. Continue reading...

State sets deadline to resolve jail woes

Subscriber onlyMadison County officials have until Aug. 25 to satisfy state jail standards on staffing and until Nov. 5 to have a long-term plan in place for expanding the jail before state officials will take steps to close it, a state official said. Continue reading...

Event focuses on American Indians in agriculture

Subscriber onlyOne 22-year-old college student started a business at age 13 that now includes managing 200 head of cattle and 100 head of sheep. Continue reading...

UA master’s students teach writing project

Subscriber onlyAntha Johnson held up two brown paper sacks, one labeled “characters” and another labeled “theme.” She instructed her students, who worked in groups, to draw a slip of paper out of each bag to use in developing a story accompanied with comiclike drawings. Continue reading...

End date pitched to help tax pass

Madison County JPs looking at retry on higher sales levy

Subscriber onlyMembers of the Madison County Quorum Court are worried that a proposal to increase the sales tax will fail again if it does not include a provision limiting the time the tax increase will be in place. Justices of the peace are weighing whether to ask voters in November to raise the sales tax by 1 percentage point. Continue reading...

Old courthouse showing its age

Subscriber onlyHUNTSVILLE — State and federal funds have paid for close to $300,000 worth of improvements within the past year for the 75-year-old Madison County Courthouse. But the amount is small compared with the total cost of rehabilitating the aging building. Continue reading...

September vote set on Greenwood school project

Subscriber onlyThe Greenwood School District plans to spend between $10 million and $12 million on a new freshman center that would adjoin the Greenwood High School and alleviate crowding across the district, Superintendent John Ciesla said. Continue reading...

Teacher details White House lunch

Obama listened intently in talk on poor schools, he says

Subscriber onlyLunch with the president on Monday included a relaxed conversation about teaching in high-poverty schools that lasted about an hour, said Justin Minkel, a Springdale teacher invited to the White House with three other teachers from around the country. Continue reading...

Harrison School District seeks millage increase

Subscriber onlyRather than replace its outdated junior high school, the Harrison School District plans to expand its middle school and high school buildings to make room for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students currently housed at the junior high, the district superintendent said. Continue reading...

Child care center redefines playground

Movement focuses on ‘natural’ outdoor spaces to help kids learn, interact

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- It didn't take long for Landyn Carr, 17 months, to tap the silver metal bars of a small xylophone when it was time for his class to play on the new outdoor playground for infants and toddlers at the Helen R. Walton Children's Enrichment Center. Continue reading...

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