About Us : The Southland School District consists of 75 square miles and is located in southern Dunklin County, Missouri. The towns of Cardwell and Arbyrd are included in the Southland School District. Cardwell-- Cardwell is located three miles from the St. Francis River which forms the Arkansas-Missouri state line on the western edge of the Bootheel of Missouri. The town of Cardwell has the distinction of having the lowest altitude above sea level (250 ft.) in the state of Missouri. Cardwell has a population of approximately 750. Arbyrd--Arbyrd is located approximately three and one half miles northeast of Cardwell with a population of approximately 700 people. The closest large metropolitan area to Arbyrd and Cardwell is Memphis, Tennessee which is located 80 miles to the southeast. The Southland School System--The Southland School system is composed of grades Kindergarten through twelfth and is located in Cardwell. The Cardwell-Arbyrd area is a major farming area, with cotton and watermelons being the major products harvested. The Southland School system has graduated a number of successful individuals among those would be Doug Phelps, from the country music group The Kentucky Headhunters.