Friday, March 28, 2014

TOP STORY >> State board to continue supervision of PCSSD

The state Board of Education voted unanimously Friday to continue supervision of the Pulaski County Special School District for another year.

The district is facing the loss of $20 million a year in state desegregation funds and the prospect of losing the Jacksonville area, which could form its own district if voters approve the plan in September.

Should the state end supervision of the PCSSD next year, that would be the time when Jacksonville could form its own district and school board.

PCSSD and the Helena-West Helena School District, have been under state supervision for almost three years.

Both districts still have to work out their fiscal problems and academic shortcomings, Tom Kimbrell, the state education commissioner, said.