Area Schools Feel Growth Spurt

JULY 22 - Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT

Brookland, AR--Craighead county school districts are feeling some “growing pains” of their own.  The rapid growth and expansion in the area has local schools expanding at an ever-increasing rate.  Several schools across the county are preparing to open new buildings to keep up with growth.  Others like the Brookland School District say recent expansions are already nearing capacity, forcing them to look at further expansions.

            There is good news though.  Superintendent Gene Goza of the Brookland School District says the increase in property values near and around his school has helped fund their growth.  He reported a 1.4 million dollar excess of funds recently to his school board.  “It seems like Jonesboro is headed this way north and Paragould is heading this way south.”  Goza says.  “We are just in the right place.”

            It seems nearly every small school district in Craighead County can boast the same thing.  Nettleton school district is completing an expansion plan, adding a new intermediate school.  Westside and Valley View are growing quickly as well.

            While Goza could not say for sure when the growth would end he says parents should not worry.  “We like to think of ourselves as small enough so that no one gets lost” Goza says, “but big enough to do the things we need to do.”