Two schools get ready to learn their fate

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WEINER, AR (KAIT) - On Sunday night school administrators from Delight and Weiner are preparing to head to Little Rock on Monday morning.

"There's a lot of anxiety and stress and the uncertainty of what's going to happen," said Weiner Superintendent Chuck Hanson.

Hanson said it's also about educating the students and preparing them for their futures beyond high school.

"We have to tell them how we can improve the quality of education by this administrative consolidation," said Hanson.

To help prepare for Monday's meeting folks from Weiner traveled to Delight, this week three representatives from Delight came to Weiner to find out how their districts are similar.

"The same things going on in Delight are the same things going on in Weiner and we feel using technology can get both districts together and make one whole district," said K-12 Principal in Delight Kathaleen Cole.

"We're 200 miles apart and we know distance is an issue but we wanted them here so they could walk around and then go back and tell their people about our campus," said Hanson.

"I know the state will do what's right and what's best for the students and that's what we're here for," said Cole.

Both schools say they're getting a lot of feedback both locally and statewide.  Cole said the group from Delight and some folks from Weiner met with Governor Mike Beebe's staff on Wednesday discussing this situation.

"I just hope this works and I hope the state realizes this is a possibility and it can work it will work," said Cole.

Hanson said this will be a challenge, but it's a challenge they're willing an ready to take on.  If the decision by the Arkansas State Board of Education goes their way Hanson and Cole say it will be best for their students.

"It means to me that our school will stay there, that our kids will stay in Delight," said Cole.

"If people want what's best for children putting them on buses longer is not what's best for them," said Hanson.

The schools are on the agenda with the Arkansas State Board of Education for Monday and a decision could be made at that time.

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