The Izard County Consolidated School District was created in 1985 by the voluntary consolidation of the Oxford and Violet Hill school districts. A new high school was constructed in 1987 and a new middle school for grades 5-8 was completed in 2006, both in Brockwell. Other renovations at Brockwell include a Fine Arts Complex that houses band, choir, art, drama, and physical education completed in 2006; a 9,600 sq. ft. livestock barn and show arena constructed in 2007; a baseball and softball complex that has hosted seven state tournaments was completed in 2000; the middle/high school library has been recently renovated with all new furniture, an LCD projector, and 24 wireless laptop computers; the high school has two newly renovated science labs and a new bus garage. The K-4 elementary campus at Violet Hill has also undergone some major renovations. A new elementary classroom and library facility was constructed in 2006 and a multi-purpose building was renovated into a cafetorium in 2000. Also, an Arkansas Better Chance preschool was completed in 1993 at Violet Hill and it has 30 preschoolers enrolled annually. Superintendent Fred Walker said, “This district has always been progressive. I have been here since 1993 and the school board members have always been receptive to providing opportunities for our students. The vast number of opportunities our students have is more indicative of larger districts than a district of around 520 students. It is a proven fact that if a student is involved in school activities he or she will do better academically and the opportunities are here for all students to be involved in something that interests them. The Izard County Consolidated School District is a place where everybody is somebody.” Izard County High School was named in 2008 to the U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best High Schools. Our middle school has recently been named to a list of the top 20 academically performing high poverty area schools in the state. Our elementary school received the top rating of 5 by the Arkansas Department of Education on benchmark tests for the 2008-09 school year and last year’s seniors averaged 22.8 on the ACT, compared to the state average of 20.6. Also, the district received a “B” average on an analysis of student test scores by the Arkansas Policy Foundation. This ranked Izard County 46th out of 244 school districts in the state and second in the Fulton, Izard, and Sharp County area. In academic competitions, the district is recognized statewide. The high school chess team has won the Class 1A-2A state chess championship seven times, most recently in 2008. The high school quiz bowl team has won one state championship (1995) and has been state runner-up twice (2001, 2002). The team was regional champions in 2009. The junior high team won the Class 1A state championship trophy in 2008. Athletically, the high school teams have excelled in recent years. The boy’s basketball team won the Class 1A state championship in 2008 and had an overall record of 35-6 including a 26-0 record against Class 1A teams. The girls golf team was regional champions and state runner-up n 2009 and had two players named all-state. The boys golf team also had a player named all-state in 2009. The boys baseball team was regional champions in 2008 and the softball team was regional runner-up in 2009 and has been a fixture in the state playoffs for the past several years. In the past three years, the high school has had four players named to the Arkansas All Star Game: two in boys’ basketball and two in softball. In the 2008 school year alone, the high school had 15 players named to an all-state team in boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, baseball, softball, boys’ golf, girls’ golf, and girls’ cross country. The middle school/high school has added archery and bowling in the 2009-10 school year. The Livestock Show Team competes in the area county and district livestock shows as well as the Arkansas State Fair Livestock Show. The high school hosts an annual Junior Cattleman’s Livestock Show in June of each year. The livestock barn is one of the premier high school livestock barns in the state and it doubles as an animal science classroom for agriculture teacher Wayne Neal’s classes. The shooting sports team also has excelled last year in its first two years of competition. The high school team placed second in the regional tournament in 2008 out of 75 squads and then placed in the top eight in the state. The junior high team in 2008 placed fourth in the regional and also in the top eight in the state tournament. The Izard County Consolidated School District is a school district that provides numerous opportunities for students to find their niche.