Superintendent's Blog

Superintendent's Blog: Safety & Security - What Next?

Posted 5/23/2018

The question most often asked today following the rejection of our safety and security proposal has been "What happens next?"  

I believe that our safety and security proposal provided for every aspect needed in order to move forward in what's becoming a more challenging society.  Security staffing, renovations, equipment, and ongoing upgrades were all included.  

The most frustrating result of the millage proposal being defeated is the fact that we are already doing so much more with less when compared to other districts of comparable size and programming.  

As a reminder, our district has posted for years ALL of our financial data to ensure transparency on our website.  If you ever have a question or concern about any report included on our website, please let me know.

We have read repeatedly over the past few weeks, and even today, that "Cabot has the highest millage rate in the state."  That is NOT true.  We not only have one of the lowest millage rates, but the amount we generate in revenue for each mill is one of the lowest as well.  

Despite the proposal being defeated, we are committed to doing what is necessary to protect our students and staff.  As we shared, there will be a need to reduce or eliminate existing programs to provide the funding needed to accomplish what was included in our proposal.  

We will be making hard decisions moving forward that will disappoint students, staff, and parents because we must prioritize expenditures for additional safety and security.  There simply will not be enough funding in the future to continue with what we are currently offering AND provide the enhanced safety and security that is absolutely necessary.  

We can not do nothing while waiting on a security proposal in the future that may or may not even become a reality.  There was so much rhetoric in regard to a sales tax being a better plan than the local millage increase that the point was lost that Arkansas already has the third highest average rate of state and local sales tax in the United States (https://taxfoundation.org/state-and-local-sales-tax-rates-2018/). The millage provided local control with transparency and I'm disappointed that we are not moving forward today with full implementation of the proposal knowing that it isn't a guarantee that an alternate proposal would be successful based on the facts.   

Our administrators will be working with Officers Jackson and Roper to develop specifics for the upcoming year.  We will determine the cost and make those recommendations to our school board.  Specifics can not be provided until we determine how much funding will be needed to cover the safety and security improvements.  

When it comes right down to it, our assurance is that we will continue to focus on providing a quality academic program for all students in a safe and secure learning environment.  


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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

ACE North
(Grades 9-12)

401 North Lincoln, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3546
Fax: (501) 941-3156

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746