Searcy County School District

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Searcy County School District
952 U.S. Highway 65 North
Marshall, Arkansas 72650

United States
District information
NCES District ID0509480[1]
Students and staff
Teachers85.35 (on FTE basis)[1]
Staff204.35 (on FTE basis)[1]
Student-teacher ratio11.27[1]
Colors     Black
Other information

Searcy County School District No. 17 (SCSD), formerly Marshall School District #17 (MSD), is a public school district headquartered in Marshall, Arkansas. The school district encompasses 538.90 square miles (1,395.7 km2) of land in Searcy, Van Buren and Marion counties.[2][3][4] Prior to the 2004 merger with the Leslie School District, the Marshall school district served portions of Searcy and Marion counties.[5]

The district serves all of Marshall and Leslie,[2] the unincorporated area of Witts Spring,[6] a small section of Dennard,[3] and the Searcy County portion of Big Flat.[2] It also serves Harriet.[citation needed]


The Arkansas Legislature created the Marshall School District in 1909 as a special act.[7]

In 1948 31 school districts were consolidated into the Marshall district. They were: Bee Branch, Bohannon, Bryan, Canaan, Clark, Cooper, Cozahome, Dongola, Fair View, Flat Rock, Grandview, Happy Hollow, Hickory Hollow, Kimbrell Creek, Landis, Liberty Hall, Loafer's Glory, Maple Grove, Martin Box, O'Neal, Pine Grove, Pumpkin Flat, Rambo, Red Hill, Red Oak, Rock Creek, Rock Springs, Spring Creek, Walnut Grove, Watts, and Zack.[7]

On July 1, 1993, the Tri-County School District dissolved, with the Marshall district taking a portion of it.[6]

On July 1, 2003, the Witts Springs School District consolidated into the Marshall district.[6] The Arkansas Department of Education ordered this consolidation to occur.[7] The Marshall district continued operating the elementary grades at the Witts Springs Grade School, while high school students were bused to Marshall High School.[5] Witts Springs Elementary closed in 2004 due to a low student enrollment.[7]

On July 1, 2004, the Marshall School District and the Leslie School District consolidated to form the Searcy County School District,[6] with the Marshall district annexing Leslie.[8][9] This consolidation occurred because the Leslie district had fewer than 350 students and an Arkansas law passed in 2004 required school districts to have at least 350 students.[7]

In 2006, Marshall Elementary School was accredited by AdvancED.[10]

In 2009, Marshall High School and the Searcy County School District were awarded accreditation by AdvancED.[11][12]


All schools and the district are accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).

  • Marshall ABC Preschool
  • Marshall Elementary School (K-3)
    • Originally a PreK-6 school, reconfigured in 2012 as K-4, then as K-3 in 2014[7]
  • Leslie Intermediate School (4-6)
    • Originally a PreK-6 school named Leslie Elementary School, reconfigured in 2012 as a 5-6 school named Leslie Intermediate School, reconfigured as 4-6 in 2014[7]
  • Marshall High School (Marshall)

Career and technical education:

  • North Central Vocational Center (Leslie)—serves students in grades 9 through 12 in support of student's career and technical education needs.

Former schools:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Searcy County School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Searcy County, AR." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Van Buren County, AR." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Marion County, AR." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 17, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Lair, Dwain (2003-06-25). "Marshall to staff Witts Springs Grade School". Harrison Daily. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  6. ^ a b c d "ConsolidationAnnex_from_1983.xls." Arkansas Department of Education. Retrieved on October 13, 2017. The Witts Spring School District consolidated into the Marshall District on July 1, 2003, and the Marshall and Leslie districts consolidated on July 1, 2004.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Executive Summary Searcy County Public Schools Archived 2017-10-16 at the Wayback Machine." AdvancED. p. 2 (PDF p. 4). Retrieved on October 16, 2017. "As a result, the Marshall School District annexed the Leslie School District and formed the Searcy County School District."
  8. ^ "Searcy County School District No. 17 Searcy County, Arkansas Regulatory Basis Financial Statements and Other Reports June 30, 2005." Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, State of Arkansas. p. 15 (PDF p. 17/26). "[...]Leslie School District which was annexed into the Marshall School District, now known as the Searcy County School District."
  9. ^ Lair, Dwain (2008-01-21). "Standing before the firing squad". Harrison Daily Times. Retrieved 2018-06-17. If you remember, the Marshall School District became the Searcy County School District after it annexed the Leslie School District.
  10. ^ "Institution Summary, Marshall Elementary School". Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Institution Summary, Marshall High School". Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Institution Summary, Searcy County Public Schools". Retrieved 7 January 2013.

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