January 22, 2003
Posted at: 5:16 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State Senator Jim Argue is saying that rather than fearing consolidation, school patrons across Arkansas should view school district restructuring as a way to preserve community schools.
He is to sponsor Huckabee's restructuring plan in the Senate. Argue is one of Governor Huckabee's chief allies on education reform.
He said today that school district reorganization could be the salvation of very small high schools statewide under the governor's plan.
Districts with at least 1500 students would remain intact and communities would keep their elementary schools under the governor's plan.
Smaller high schools would be grouped into 25 to 30 regional districts, each with centralized administrations.