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Board OKs merger of two school districts, removes third from fiscal distress

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LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) — The state Board of Education on Monday approved the voluntary annexation of the Bradley School District to the Emerson-Taylor School District in southwestern Arkansas and removed the Drew Central School District in southeastern Arkansas from fiscal-distress status.

Bradley Superintendent Oscar Moore told the board the district has a student enrollment of 357 and likely would be forced to merge with another district in a few years anyway. Under Arkansas law, if a public school district's enrollment drops below 350 for two consecutive years it must be merged with another district.

The Bradley School Board has voted to support annexation, Moore said. Gary Hines, superintendent of the Emerson-Taylor district, said that district's board also has voted to support annexation.

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