Farmington Ranks Eighth In Teacher Salaries

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Mark Humphrey

FARMINGTON — Farmington School Board’s Oc­to­ber meet­ing fea­tured the district’s An­nual Re­port to the Pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion by su­per­in­ten­dent of schools Bryan Law.

Law be­gan by prais­ing district per­son­nel and staff, de­scrib­ing the priv­i­lege of in­ter­act­ing with these peo­ple on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, “To work where we work, to have the op­por­tu­nity with so many won­der­ful staff mem­bers, we have a tremen­dous, a tremen­dous group of teach­ers, a won­der­ful group of prin­ci­pals.”

The meet­ing was held at the high school cafe­te­ria, which Law pointed out that the new high school fa­cil­ity is yet an­other achieve­ment for the district.

“I can’t come in this build­ing and not take some pride in it, and the ef­forts by ev­ery­body in this room to get this to where it’s at,” Law said. “Just last week I was in Lit­tle Rock and ran into some peo­ple, who had been up to look at this build­ing and what we’re build­ing, and they were so com­pli­men­tary. I am grate­ful for that and grate­ful for things that we have.”

Ac­cord­ing to Law, Farmington ranks eighth among school dis­tricts with the best­paid teach­ers in Arkansas be­hind Spring­dale, Fayet­teville, Rogers, Ben­tonville, Hot Springs, West Mem­phis and Gravette. Law said some of the larger schools gen­er­ate more rev­enue based on their tax base and are able to pay higher salaries.

“I think that makes it a lit­tle bit more of a chal­lenge for a Farmington and a Gravette to even be where they are,” Law said. “We are grate­ful. I wish it was where Spring­dale’s is, but un­for­tu­nately we can’t quite get it to there.”

Of the district’s an­nual rev­enue, Law at­trib­uted half of that be­ing paid out in salaries with $1.8 mil­lion for debt ser­vice.

Other high­lights of the An­nual Re­port to the Pub­lic in­cluded:

A 44.6 per­cent pass rate for AP (Ad­vanced Place­ment) ex­ams. “That 44.6 per­cent pass rate is very high,” Law said. “Those are chal­leng­ing ex­am­i­na­tions.”

Farmington cur­rently has the high­est grad­u­a­tion rate in the state, ac­cord­ing to Law.

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