Western Yell County Superintendent Brad Spikes was named Superintendent of the Year for 2010 for the Northwest District by the Arkansas Rural Education Association (AREA).
AREA includes more than 120 of the state's more than 200 school districts. It is made up not only of superintendents, but also principals, teachers, educational cooperatives, and some private individuals. Arch Ford Educational Cooperative is also a member of the AREA. Some schools in the district are as large as the Springdale district and then downward in size to smaller rural schools. Each of the five districts names a Superintendent of the Year. The districts include Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and Central.
Spikes graduated from Monette High School in 1975. He is the son Jane Spikes and the late Lavell Spikes of Monette. He and his wife Stacey make their home in Danville. Their children are Jonathan, 22, Jenna, 19, and Jeffery, 16. Spikes serves as Superintendent of West Yell County High School, in Havana.