Schools 200 miles apart look at annexation plan

WEINER, Ark. (AP) - A school district in northeastern Arkansas and one in southwestern Arkansas - about 200 miles apart - have talked about possibly annexing with each other.

The Weiner district in Poinsett County and the Delight district in Pike County must annex or consolidate with another district for having less than 350 students for two straight years.

Weiner Superintendent Chuck Hanson says he's been contacted by officials in Delight about a possible administrative consolidation.

He says the idea came from a fall 2008 meeting with Gov. Mike Beebe and that the plan could give the combined district 500 students and a chance to keep their campuses.

Weiner School Board President Susan Johnson says there are two Arkansas attorney general opinions saying districts don't necessarily have to be contiguous to annex.

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