McGehee School District

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McGehee School District
409 Oak Street
McGehee, Arkansas 71654

United States
District information
Grades PK–12
Accreditation AdvancED
Schools 2[1]
District ID 0509630[1]
Students and staff
Students 1,188[1]
Teachers 98.14 (on FTE basis)[1]
Staff 211.14 (on FTE basis)[1]
Student-teacher ratio 12.11[1]
Athletic conference 3A Region 6 (Football)
3A Region 8 (Basketball)
District mascot Owl
Colors      Red
Other information

McGehee School District is a public school district headquartered in McGehee, Arkansas.[2] The school district encompasses 499.14 square miles (1,292.8 km2) of land in Drew and Desha counties and includes all or portions of McGehee, Arkansas City, Reed, Tillar, Watson,[3][4] Rohwer, Rosedale, and Reed.[citation needed]


In July 1993 the Desha-Drew School District dissolved, with portions going to the McGehee School District and the other going to Dumas Public Schools.[5]

In 2004 the Arkansas Legislature approved a law that forced school districts with fewer than 350 students to consolidate with other districts.[6][7] On July 1, 2004, the Arkansas City School District and the Delta Special School District were merged into the McGehee district.[5]

In 2011 an 18-year-old African-American student named Kymberly Wimberly sued the district, saying that it was trying to force her to share valedictorian status with a White student even though the student had inferior grades.[8]


The schools are McGehee Elementary School (prekindergarten through grade 6),McGehee Jr. High School (grades 7 through 8)and Mcgehee high school [grades 9 through 12]. Both schools and the district are accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and AdvancED.

Previously the middle school division was called Conner Junior High School. After the acquisition of the Delta Special School District, the McGehee district continued to operate Delta Elementary School and Delta High School. After the acquisition of the Arkansas City School District, it operated the Arkansas City campus as a K-6 school.[9] By October 2005 the district no longer operated the Arkansas City facility, and the Delta campus became elementary only.[10] The Delta campus housed the district's Alternative Learning Environment (ALE) program.[11] By October 2006 the Delta campus was no longer in operation.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Mcgehee School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Home." McGehee School District. Retrieved on July 27, 2011. "409 Oak Street/P. O. Box 767 McGehee, Arkansas 71654 USA"
  3. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Drew County, AR[permanent dead link]." (Archive) U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Desha County, AR[permanent dead link]." (Archive) U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 1, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Consolidation/Annexations of LEA's (1983-2010)." (Archived September 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.) Arkansas Department of Education. Retrieved on March 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "Dumas inherits Gould district’s deficit Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." Arkansas News. May 11, 2005. Retrieved on March 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "The MHS Alumni Café." McGehee School District. Retrieved on July 27, 2011. "FYI... The Delta Special (Desha Central) and Arkansas City School Districts Consolidated with the McGehee School District as a result of a state mandate in 2004-2005."
  8. ^ Elkin, Ali. "Valedictorian sues school: Was she snubbed because of race?" CNN. July 26, 2011. Retrieved on July 27, 2011.
  9. ^ "Campuses." McGehee School District. August 28, 2004. Retrieved on July 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "Campuses." McGehee School District. October 18, 2005. Retrieved on July 28, 2011.
  11. ^ "Technology Plan Submission Form School Years 2006-2009." McGehee School District. 2 of 43. Retrieved on July 28, 2011.
  12. ^ Campuses." McGehee School District. October 15, 2006. Retrieved on July 28, 2011.

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