Sandra Lanehart, Superintendent

935 Scogin Drive,  Monticello AR 71655 


Vision: Fostering A Community of Lifetime Learners

I am excited to announce that Ms. Bennie Vincent was selected Monticello School District’s Educator of the Year at the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce

Awards Banquet on March 4, 2024.  This is Ms. Bennie Vincent’s 36th year as an educator. She has dedicated her life to the children who have passed through her classroom doors. Through her tireless efforts, she has built musical foundations that will last her students a lifetime.

In 2015, I attended my first ever Monticello Graduation. Ms. Vincent’s choir sang the National Anthem a cappella. That choir under Ms. Vincent’s direction sang so beautifully, so moving and with so much pride that I was moved to tears. I am still moved by the music that Ms. Vincent creates through her students. Ms. Vincent is recognized throughout the state for her excellence in music education.  Her choirs always receive superior ratings in competitions, and she always receives an invitation from the Governor to perform at the Capitol each year.

I want to personally thank Ms. Vincent for her professionalism, dedication, kindness, and her desire to instill in every student a love of music.  Ms. Vincent is a master teacher in every sense of the word. She walks the walk every day and is highly respected by her students, their parents, her peers, the community and the state.

The value of incorporating music into a child's education cannot be over-emphasized or stressed enough. There is a tremendous amount of educational research that proves that an education rich in music improves students' cognitive function and academic performance.  Ms. Vincent’s has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children in every aspect of their education in and out of the choir room. The students of Monticello High School as well as the students of Monticello Middle School are very fortunate to have Ms. Vincent as their teacher. 



It’s a great day to be a Billie! The Jr. Quiz bowl team competed in the 4A Regional tournament and came away with 2nd place! They represented Monticello very well. This win qualifies them for the state tournament on Feb. 17 in Batesville. Team members are: Front row: Jarrod Courtney (scorekeeper), Tristan Halley, Mary Richie Groves, Weston Courtney Back row: Caleb Norris, Chloe Armbrust, Atlan Savage, Eli Coburn (Captain), Lily Copico, Jessica Meier, McKenley Bryant. 

Fifteen students from Drew Central and Monticello competed in the Drew County Spelling Bee on February 13.  Monticello students captured the top three places!

3rd place:  Breindel Chua (5th grade)

2nd place:  Lily Copico (7th grade)

Champion:  Sophia Cook (3rd grade)

2023 Fall ARSB Press Release.pdf

6th and 8th grade GT students visited the Arts & Science Center in Pine Bluff on December 1. They toured Voices & Votes: Democracy in America, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute, and an art installation titled Voting Along Colored Lines: the Voices of the South. The students were also treated to some stage time where they participated in theatre exercises, and ended the day with a tour of the recently renovated public library, just up the street

The Monticello High School Cheerleaders competed in their first Cheer Competition, and finished 1st place in the Eldorado Invitational Competition. 

In addition to a 1st place win, they also won:

-Judge’s Choice for Cheer, pyramids, and music selection.

-Katie Standley, Mallory Steen-Hobbs, Ady Jacks, and Noah Jackson all won the senior division strongest stunt group.

On September 19, eight GT students attended Engineering Day at the Southeast Co-op. They were given instructions to build a structure, a budget, and bought the supplies their plan called for. Pictured L to R:  Yara Zurqani, Zylla Romero, Ace Rawls, Jack Wagner, Daemon Diggs, Anna Grace Barnes, Joshua Lane, and Julie Pettigrew.   

Twelve 8th grade GT students were introduced to architecture at the Taylor House and Hollywood Plantation on Friday, November 3, as part of the Alex Foundation's place-based education series and teaching with historic places program. Students sketched the Taylor House and learned about the design of the dogtrot style. Retired professor of architecture and practicing architect Russell Rudzinski of Fayetteville gave the students a lesson in perspective drawing.

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16 Monticello GT students competed in the Southeast Co-op Jr/Sr Chess tournament on November 30. Freshman Atlan Savage took 2nd place in the Jr. division, and Claire Grant earned 2nd place in Sr. Congratulations to all who continue studying and improving their games. Back row:  Judd Meeks, Kenny Bragg, Eli Coburn, Tristen Pamplin.  3rd row:  Aurora Osborne, Claire Grant, Atlan Savage, Dhruv Patel, Andrew Vondran. 

2nd row:  Kaylee Garrison, Kenya Thompson, Tristan Halley, DiQual Henley. 

Front row:  Chloe Armbrust, Caleb Norris, AJ Bentz. 

Sixteen Monticello students competed in the Southeast Co-op’s Jr/Sr chess tournament on November 30. Freshman Atlan Savage took 2nd place in the Jr. division, and Junior Claire Grant earned 2nd place in the Senior division.