Students of the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District head back to school this Monday, Aug. 14.

Bryan Duffie, Superintendent of Schools, said Jacksonville may be a relatively new district but says the staff’s experience will provide a high quality education to students.

“It is wisely said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single initial step. On July 1, 2016, the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District took a historical step into the future. After more than three decades, the Jacksonville and North Pulaski communities finally have their own school district,” said Duffie. “Kindergartners will begin the school year with all the hopes and dreams of their parents. The seniors, class will have enthusiasm and vision for the future. Between these bookends, we will have the commitment of a dedicated staff to leave no stones unturned in making these dreams possible.”

Duffie added, “the role of educating the students in these communities is taken very seriously, and we appreciate your trust. As your Superintendent, my goal is to ensure that high quality instruction is delivered daily, our campuses are secure and well maintained, money is spent wisely and students graduate prepared for success.”

“We look forward to meeting our students and starting our year together,” reads a district release. There are a few things they will need for the upcoming school year. Only clear or mesh backpacks will be permitted on school property.

District officials say they are excited about the upcoming school year. “The Jacksonville North Pulaski School District has great schools where families find qualified teachers, a strong academic program and a supportive community.”

Students in grades 9-12 will attend Jacksonville High School located at 2400 Linda Lane and middle school students will attend Jacksonville Middle School located at 718 Harris Road in Jacksonville.

To register a student, parents or guardians need to present proper identification, which includes a birth certificate or a registrar statement, baptismal certificate, passport, affidavit or military identification, along with immunization records and social security card.

Proof of residence is also necessary, which requires a current utility bill (gas, water or electric), a Little Rock Air Force Base housing verification form, home purchase closing papers or lease agreement.

Pre-K registration for the 2017-2018 year is now open for students in the Jacksonville North Pulaski area.

“The Pre-K program is a free, standards-based program designed to build strong foundational skills that help prepare students for kindergarten. It is open to students who turned three or four before Aug. 1, but space is limited.

To secure a spot, parents are to complete registration materials and take them to the Adkins Pre-K Center located at 500 Cloverdale Road in Jacksonville.

“If you live in the attendance zone for Arnold Drive Elementary or Bayou Meto Elementary, registration materials can be taken to those schools.”