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State Education Board approves Weiner, Harrisburg Merger

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Weiner and Delight school districts have received approval from the Arkansas Education Board to merge with neighboring districts.     

The districts are 200 miles apart, and last month they asked the board to allow them to conduct a long-distance merger of their administrations. The board denied the request but on Monday approved more conventional plans. 

Weiner is to be incorporated into the neighboring Harrisburg School District, and Delight is to combine with Murfreesboro, to create the South Pike County School District.  Weiner and Delight both were below the 350-student state minimum and had to consolidate. 

The board also approved the merger of the Wickes and Van Cove districts. A proposed merger of Earle and Turrell was taken off the agenda.           

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