Concerns Over Board Configuration, Isolated District Stall Annexation of Two Region 8 Districts

MARCH 23, 2004 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A proposed school district annexation in northeast Arkansas has been stymied by fears that voters could elect an undesirable school board member.  The Corning School District is concerned that annexing the Biggers-Reyno School District would be a waste of resources.  Biggers-Reyno is 15 miles away and can stay open since it's considered an isolated district.

Biggers-Reyno is one of 57 districts with under 350 enrollment that must find willing partners to merge with by April 1.

Those that don't will have their partners chosen by the state.

Biggers-Reyno Superintendent J.M. Eddington says if Corning will not accept the annexation, Biggers-Reyno will let the state choose.

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