New Superintendent

Welcome our new Superintendent, Mrs. Maribel Childress. Mrs. Childress will start in July after the retirement of Dr. Richard Page.


On behalf of the Board of Education, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Maribel Childress to serve as the Gravette School District Superintendent effective July 1, 2020. The Board approved the appointment by unanimous vote on Thursday night.

The hiring of Mrs. Childress follows a search by the district that included input from the community, faculty, and staff.  The board wishes to thank each for their valuable input. Childress is a strong match to those characteristics identified by the board, community, faculty and staff desired in a new leader.

 Mrs.Childress has served the Springdale School District since 1996 in a variety of roles including teacher and administrator. She is presently Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Instruction and Innovation. Mrs. Childress received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana Tech University. In 2000 at the University of Arkansas she was awarded an Arkansas Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree.

 Childress demonstrates abilities as a visionary leader as well as an effective communicator. She brings a depth of knowledge and a strong commitment to the progress and development of students. These characteristics will benefit all in the district; staff, teachers, students and parents.

 I hope you will join the Board in extending a warm welcome to Mrs. Maribel Childress and her family.



Heather Finley

School Board President