ROCK (Ark News Bureau) — The state Board of Education voted unanimously Friday to
continue state control of the financially troubled Pulaski County
Special and Helena-West Helena school districts.
In a special
meeting which the board members attended by phone, the board followed
the recommendation of state Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell, who
said both districts have issues they need to continue addressing before
they are ready to be returned to local control.
are classified as fiscally distressed and are nearing the end of their
third year of state control. A school district has five years to get out
of fiscal distress or face mandatory consolidation or annexation to one
or more nearby districts.
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