Black Crest

Panther Nation,

It is hard to believe that the first day of school is Monday!  After the longest summer break in history, our students, faculty, and staff finally return to campus.  Usually, the first day of school is filled with excitement, anticipation, and even a few butterflies (I know I have some), but this year is a bit different.  Our focus has changed to concern and even hesitation about being together, but please know that our number one priority is to keep our students safe.  School will be different this year.  What we plan may not work, and what school looks like a month from now could be vastly different.  I want to reassure you that the faculty and staff at Heber Springs Schools have worked diligently to prepare for the 2020-21 school year.  They have prepared for in-person instruction to virtual instruction, and everywhere in between.  

This school year will definitely be a year of firsts and a year to remember.  My hope is that we all work together through these uncertain times and remember that we are all learning a new way to do school and a new way of life.  I ask that everyone extend grace, mercy, and patience to each other, the school, and our leaders as we enter this new adventure.

This community is special.  Being new has allowed me to see just how special it is.  I am so thankful that my family and I are making Heber Springs our new home.  This community has already shown the state how we can come together (donations for elementary school supplies), and I hope that we can stick together throughout this school year and many more.

Thank you so much for entrusting us with your child’s education. 


Dr. Andy Ashley


Heber Springs Schools