Located just 40 scenic miles south of Branson, Missouri, the Harrison School District, headquartered in Harrison, Arkansas, now has an enrollment of approximately 2,700 students and employs approximately 415 individuals — 215 certified employees and 200 classified employees.
The Harrison School District operates 28 bus routes which transport almost 1500 students daily. Its buses travel approximately 1300 miles, roundtrip, each day classes are in session. The District maintains eight plant sites — a preschool (3 & 4 year olds), three elementary schools (grades K-4), a middle school (grades 5-8), a high school (grades 9-12), an administration building and the transportation/maintenance shop for a total area of 445,374 square feet housed on 113.71 acres. Due to the generosity of the Goblin Booster Club, area patrons and local businesses, the District now owns a donated sporting complex located on a site northeast of the present high school/middle school complex. In 2014 the community supported a millage rate increase to finance renovations at Harrison Middle School and Harrison High School and transitioning middle school to house grades 5-8 and high school grades 9-12. A new fine arts facility and gymnasium/arena are loctated between the current middle school and high school campuses.
Each campus has a school nurse to coordinate all health services and other health screenings — consisting of vision, hearing and dental checks — as well as scoliosis testing and body mass index (BMI) measurements. The district also employs a School-Based Human Services/Students In Transition Program Coordinator that works with our homeless population and works to provide needed assistance for them.
The District does have a very small minority student population — composed, primarily of Hispanic and Asian students. The District implements an English As A Second Language program, as per State and federal guidelines, when needed. A large percentage of the District’s students live beyond the city limits of Harrison. Recent calculations indicate that approximately 50% of the District’s students have been identified as being eligible to receive free/reduced breakfasts and lunches via the District’s regular food service program.
The City of Harrison — a community of approximately 12,910 persons — is the County Seat of Boone County and is located in the picturesque Ozarks. The District’s inhabitants--those living within Harrison and in the several surrounding small, rural communities--live, work and play in a beautiful section of the nation with a wide variety of recreational opportunities located nearby. The economy of the Harrison/Boone County area is diversified with industry, tourism, retail sales and agriculture. Many of the higher education needs of District residents are met by North Arkansas College, a two-year community college which offers a wide variety of workforce education courses coupled with a solid base of academic subjects. Within driving distance of the City of Harrison, are five other colleges/universities: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Arkansas Tech University of Russellville; Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri; College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri, and the Arkansas State University satellite campus at Mountain Home. North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is a modern up-to-date medical facility serving the Harrison area and offering a wide range of specialties.
Scenic routes crisscross Harrison and lead to and from many other exciting Ozark destinations. The magnificent Buffalo National River is just a few miles south of Harrison and offers some of the best canoeing in Mid-America for experts and novices. To the northeast, huge Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes and the famous White River offer some of the best fishing in the United States. Just across the Missouri border is Branson, home to the Silver Dollar City amusement park and the largest number of country and western music theaters in America. To the west lies Eureka Springs, a Victorian city where the clock seems to “stand still” and where the great Passion Play is located.
The economic outlook for Harrison and Boone County is excellent. The climate of the area is generally agreeable and favors any and all outdoor activities. The area enjoys four distinct seasons with generally mild winters. Although the altitude of the city of Harrison is 1,500 feet above sea level, it is the attitude of its citizenry that sets it apart. Noted as the “Hub of the Ozarks”, the City of Harrison also serves as the center of a thriving, vital Ozark school district--Harrison School District, home of the Golden Goblins!