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School Board Meeting Tuesday, September 19, 2023 @ 5:00pm


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We want to welcome everyone back for the 2023/2024 school year! We are so excited about the year ahead! As we begin this school year, we ask that you please grant us patience and grace as we work to improve the District's transportation system. As you know, we are limited by roadway restrictions and space. More parents opt to bring/pick up their children the first couple of weeks of school so lines are longer than they usually will be. This process is also new for many parents of new students. We are moving the buses to the front side of campus on Hwy. 84 for elementary and middle school loading, which means rerouting car riders to Finch Rd. We are hoping this will help alleviate some of the traffic issues as we move throughout the school year. However, the first couple of weeks is a process of ensuring safety and as much efficiency as possible with a much heavier car load so we ask that you please remain patient and positive. 

We look forward to a great year of positive communication, mutual grace, and student learning! 
Susan K. Kissire
Bismarck School District

2023 BHS Homecoming Court



Attention families!  Does your student receive Medicaid benefits?  If so - action is required! 

What To Do Now

Our Renew Arkansas campaign is designed to make sure that all eligible Arkansans on Medicaid keep their coverage.

When Medicaid renewal letters start going out, you will need to do two things:

  1. Check your mail – Arkansas Medicaid will mail you a letter about your Medicaid coverage. This letter will also tell you if you need to complete a renewal form to see if you still qualify for Medicaid.
  2. Complete your renewal form – Fill out the form and return it to Arkansas Medicaid right away to avoid losing Medicaid coverage if you are eligible.

It really is that simple – Look for your Medicaid renewal form. Fill it out. Send it back. If you are still eligible for Medicaid, this will make sure you keep your coverage. If you haven’t updated your contact information with Arkansas Medicaid recently, do it now.

Make Sure Your Contact Info Is Correct

It’s important for us to have your current mailing address, phone number, and email address so we can make sure you get your Medicaid renewal letter and any other important information.

You can update your information on the phone, online, or in-person:

  1. Call the Renew Arkansas hotline at 1-844-872-2660
  2. Go online at
  3. Visit your local DHS county office to update your information (find your local office here)

Medicaid renewal notice


Click here for registration link – ABC PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION LINK

Bismarck School District will be accepting applications for our Dawson ABC Preschool Classroom starting March 6th.  Click the link to register your child.  Children must be 4 years old by August 1, 2023.  If you have any questions, please call 870-246-1450.

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Deadline to apply is Monday, May 1st – Bismarck is closed on Mondays so please submit your application no later than April 28th.



This is a public announcement.  Public School Choice in Arkansas allows students to attend a public school in a district other than the one in which they reside.  Applications for students in the following counties: Clark, Grant, Hot Spring, Pike, and Saline must be made by May 1, 2023 to qualify for provisions under the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2013.

Pursuant to standards adopted by a non-resident school board, a non-resident district may reserve the right to accept and reject applicants based on capacity of programs, class, grade level, or school building.  Likewise, a non-resident district’s standards may provide for the rejection of an applicant based upon the submission of false or misleading information to the above listed request for information when that information directly impacts the legal qualifications of an applicant to transfer pursuant to the School Choice Act.  However, a non-resident district’s standards shall not include an applicant’s previous academic achievement, athletic or other extra-curricular ability, handicapping conditions, English proficiency level, or previous disciplinary proceedings, except that an expulsion from another district may be included pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 6-18-510.  Priority will be given to applicants with siblings attending the district.  The non-resident district shall accept credits toward graduation that were awarded by another district and award a diploma to a non-resident applicant if the applicant meets the non-resident district’s graduation requirements. Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the Superintendent of Schools no later than May 1 for a child to be able to enroll for the fall semester.  Transfers shall be granted on a non-discriminatory basis.  Students who have been accepted and enrolled in previous years do not have to reapply as approved transfers remain valid for as long as the student attends that public school. 

Superintendents of both school districts must be notified by the parent of their school choice request. 


Click here for School Choice Information

What is School Choice?


Click here for 

School Choice Packet

Deadline to submit to

non-resident district:  

May 1, 2023





PARENTS OF STUDENTS WHO WILL RIDE THE BUS TO AND/OR FROM SCHOOL - Please complete the following form for your student(s) enrolled at Bismarck Schools that will be riding the bus to and/or from school.



The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) waiver that provided free meals to students due to the COVID-19 pandemic expired on June 30, 2022. This means that school meals will no longer automatically be free for everyone.

Did you know that it’s more than a meal? Free and Reduced lunch applications affect funding in many areas. All families are encouraged to complete the new meal benefit application to ensure continued funding to support ALL students in our district.

Qualifying for the meal benefit plan allows for two free ACT tests, a Waiver for College Admission Fees, and a Waiver for NCAA Clearinghouse.

Please submit an application to qualify for free/reduced meals at Bismarck School District during the 2022-2023 school year by clicking the following link:

Once on the webpage, click "Apply Now", select "Arkansas" and "Bismarck School District", and then read the next page and click "Continue". Then, you will fill out the application entering your information. When finished, click "Submit". It will take about 5 minutes to complete the application process.

Questions or Concerns: If you have any questions, please reach out to Ronda Engle at

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"We focus on creating personal and academic success for each child, because we recognize that we are not only creating learners, but our future leaders."

Welcome to

Bismarck School District

On behalf of the Board of Education, faculty, and staff, we invite you to visit us and discover the many advantages offered by our district.  We provide the opportunities of a large school within a smaller school environment.  Our students have access to some of the best educators and programs in Arkansas.  We focus on creating personal and academic success for each child, because we recognize that we are not only creating learners, but our future leaders.  Our accomplishments are significant, and they did not happen by chance.  They are the result of dedicated individuals who care deeply about the well-being of each and every individual and who are committed to excellence.  Our district is an extension of our wonderful community.  Through our work as a collaborative community, our students will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to achieve at a high level.
Susan K. Kissire
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