State Education Board says no to Weiner and Delight school merger

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Education Board says theWeiner and Delight school districts are too far apart for along-distance consolidation to work.

The panel voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a request by thedistricts to merge. The districts wanted to use distance learningto expand course offerings.

Board Chairman Naccaman Williams of Springdale said the panelwas unconvinced that the merger would provide the best educationfor the children.

The Delight School District in southwest Arkansas is 14 milesfrom the Murfreesboro School District.

That prompted Williams toask what the problem was to prevent Delight from looking therefirst.

Both Delight and Weiner are below the 350-student minimum fordistricts to continue operating.

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