Weiner and Harrisburg Discuss Possible annexation

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HARRISBURG, AR - Two schools with two decisions to make on one proposal.  Thursday night the school boards from Weiner and Harrisburg met for a dual school board meeting to discuss the administrative annexation of Weiner.

"It's a proposal to have administrative annexation there will be one superintendent one district treasurer," said Weiner Superintendent Chuck Hanson.

This journey isn't new for Weiner Superintendent Chuck Hanson.  Hanson and the entire school board have been working non stop for the past year to find a solution for their students.

"We really need to try to find a voluntary agreement with a school district so we can get the best possible solution for our students," said Hanson.

After one denial from the state board of education, it was back to the drawing board for the district.  Now Harrisburg is their final option.

"I think it's going to work and it's going to be good for both schools," said Harrisburg School Board President Frankie Lindsey.

Lindsey said they've been working on this possibility for about a year.

"We're here for the children of the county of the Weiner School District and just pleased to have them if it happens," said Lindsey.

Many others feel the same way.  People on both sides of the issue tell Region 8 News this can work and it can be good for the kids if it is approved.  The Harrisburg board voted Thursday to accept the "memorandum of understanding" to administratively annex the Weiner School District. 

The Weiner School Board will meet at noon on Friday to discuss the memorandum and vote.  Weiner only has until noon on Monday to present a plan to the Arkansas State Board of Education.

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