Wall of Distinction Honorees

2017 Wall of Distinction Honorees

David Cauldwell

A 1968 graduate of Rogers High School, David Cauldwell served as the district’s business manager from 1988 to his retirement in 2013. During his time with the Rogers School District, Cauldwell was widely recognized as a state leader in school finance.  His expertise in school finance helped the Rogers School District add several new schools to accommodate unprecedented growth, without major millage increases.  During this time the district had many building projects, such as 13 new schools including two new high schools, plus additions and renovations on nearly every campus. Cauldwell’s knowledge of the financial challenges facing school districts was very beneficial in assisting the Arkansas General Assembly in responding to the Lakeview court case regarding the funding formula for school districts.  His advice helped lead to a change in the school distribution formula statewide that ultimately led Arkansas to be recognized nationally for its improvements in education funding. In addition to his well-respected knowledge of school finance, funding formulas, and the revenue side of business, Cauldwell supervised buses, grounds, business, construction, custodians, and drivers, among other duties. In 2005 Cauldwell was named the Arkansas School Business Administrator of the year.  In 2009 he was elected to be a board member to represent all Arkansas school support staff personnel on the Arkansas Teacher Retirement Board and served until his retirement. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association and as a Director on the Beaver Lake Fire Department. Cauldwell’s two children, Corbin and Bobbi, are both graduates of Rogers High School and live in Rogers.  With his wife, Betty, he also has three stepdaughters, Shelley, Robin and Holly, and 10 grandchildren. 

Bob Crafton

Bob Crafton’s outstanding professional career as one of the founders of Crafton Tull also includes a long list of service to his local community and to the State of Arkansas. For more than 10 years, Crafton served on the Rogers School Board, two of those years as president.  He was also one of the founding members of the Rogers Public Education Foundation 20 years ago. In the early 1980s, Crafton was one of those advocating the establishment of an additional higher education venue in Northwest Arkansas, for both traditional and non-traditional students.  In 1989, the group succeeded in bringing this issue before the voters, and Northwest Arkansas Community College became a reality. Governor Bill Clinton appointed Crafton to serve as a founding member of the NWACC Board of Trustees.  He served on the NWACC Board of Trustees for 12 years, two years as chairman. In 2009, Governor Mike Beebe appointed Crafton to serve on the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he serves as chairman today. In addition to his service to education, Crafton served for 12 years on the Rogers Planning Commission. He served on the Arkansas Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers, and is a past chairman of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce.  In 2004, Crafton and his business partner, Lem Tull, were the recipients of the Chamber’s Good Neighbor Award.  He is a past president of the Rogers Kiwanis Club and currently serves on the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. Bob and his wife, Bonnie, both active and devoted members of First Baptist Church of Rogers, have been married for 60 years.  They are the proud parents of five grown children (all graduates of Rogers High School) and proud grandparents of 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  

Janie Darr

In her more than 40 years with the Rogers School District, Dr. Janie Darr was an English teacher, a counselor, an assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent – all before becoming superintendent in 1999. She led the Rogers schools during a time of numerous changes associated with rapid growth, increased diversity and intense accountability. Darr is known for her commitment to children and doing whatever it takes to help them reach their potential. Under her leadership, the district expanded its pre-kindergarten programs through grant funding, developed smaller learning communities called academies at the high school, opened a project-based learning high school, and increased opportunities for more students to be involved in activities and leadership. Darr oversaw the opening of nine new schools including the district's second and third high schools, Rogers Heritage High School and Rogers New Technology High School. Enrollment grew from 10,652 in 1999 to 15,077 in 2016 during her 17 years as superintendent.  Janie Darr Elementary, which was named in her honor, opened in 2014. During her tenure, the district received numerous awards and recognitions including three National Blue Ribbon Schools, a National Distinguished Title I School, three Rogers high schools among U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools in America, a Diamond School to Watch, an Act 56 Award-winner for the state’s outstanding gifted and talented program of the year, a State Model Alternative Education Program, and nine schools awarded with outstanding educational performance awards in the state and region for 2015.  Also during her time as superintendent, the district’s graduation rate grew to 93%. Darr retired in 2016.  She has one son, Andrew Boyer, who is also a graduate of RHS, and two grandsons who attend Rogers schools.

Bonnie Grimes

Bonnie Grimes is a former Rogers teacher and administrator who hailed from Pine Bluff  but came to Rogers after marrying Rogers native Bill Grimes, who she met in college at the University of Arkansas. During the 1950s, Grimes returned to college to get her teaching certificate so she could earn money to buy hay for the couple’s cattle farm.  While she was in school, she was asked to fill an opening as an elementary music teacher at Northside Elementary.  She completed the requirements for certification while working, and then she went on to earn a master’s degree in education. After teaching music for eight years, Grimes was asked to serve as principal of Southside Elementary.  Sixteen years later she became principal at Grace Hill Elementary.  Two years later she was named the district’s Elementary Education Coordinator. Grimes also served on the first organizing committee for Northwest Arkansas Community College.  She was a charter member of both the Arkansas International Reading Association and the Arkansas Elementary Principals Association.  She currently serves on the Schmieding Center Community Advisory Committee and volunteers at the Veterans Hospital. During her educational career, Grimes was active with the Parent Teacher Association.  Each year, local PTO organizations now make two awards in her honor. In 1986, Bonnie Grimes Elementary School was named in her honor.  Although she retired in 1987, she remained active in community work including the United Way, the Rogers Public Education Foundation, and Altrusa. She has two daughters, Francis Rankin, a retired teacher, and Sallie Warnecke, who is still in the classroom.  Grimes has five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.


2016 Wall of Distinction Honorees

In 2016, the Rogers Public Education Foundation honored:

Mitzi Bardrick, educator
Dr. Jeffrey Bradley, onocologist and Rogers High School graduate
Monica Brayeducator and coach
Raymond Burns, chamber leader and Rogers High School graduate

Check out the videos about our 2016 honorees (click Playlist on the upper left for all the options):

2015 Wall of Distinction Honorees

The Rogers Public Education Foundation's special honor in 2015 went to:

Lt. Col. Shea Brannan, Surgeon, Humanitarian, and Rogers High School graduate
Freddie Jones, Educator and Rogers High School graduate
Kim MasonEducator and Health Activist
Betty Sutton, Musician, Educator, and Community Arts Activist

Check out videos about our 2015 Honorees (click Playlist for all the options):

2014 Wall of Distinction Honorees

The Rogers Public Education Foundation's special honor in 2014 went to:

John Boozman, Rogers School Board and United States Congress
Jan Garner Buck, Philanthropist and Rogers High School Graduate
Mary Lynn Reese, RPEF Founder and Rogers High School Graduate
Bob Ross, Teacher and Rogers High School Graduate

U.S. Senator John Boozman

Jan Garner Buck

Mary Lynn Reese

Bob Ross



2013 Wall of Distinction Honorees

The Rogers Public Education Foundation's special honor in 2013 went to:

Aaron Mankin, Decorated Veteran and Rogers High School Graduate
Joye Kelley, Rogers School Board President 1983-2012
David Matthews, State Representative and Rogers High School Graduate
Virginia Mocivnik, District Patron and Civic Leader

Aaron Mankin

Joye Kelley

David Matthews


Virginia Mocivnik


    2012 Wall of Distinction Honorees

    The Rogers Public Education Foundation's special honor in 2012 went to:

    Greg Hines
    Mayor of Rogers and Rogers High School Graduate
    Jo Soderquist, Founding Member of the Rogers Public Education Foundation
    David Swearingen, Architect, Civic Leader, and Rogers High School Graduate  
    Frank Tillery, Former Rogers Superintendent of Schools



    2013 Wall of Distinction Honorees

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