Futures Set for Delaplaine, Biggers-Reyno Districts

MAY 17, 2004 - Posted at 12:27 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Education Board today unanimously approved the first involuntary consolidation of Arkansas school districts.

The board voted to consolidate the Delaplaine School District into the much larger Greene County Tech district.  Earlier, the board combined the Carthage and Malvern districts and the Biggers-Reyno district with the Corning district.

The combined Biggers-Reyno and Corning district will have 1,250 students and J.M. Eddington will be the superintendent of the consolidated district.  As of now, the district has no name.

School officials have agreed to keep both high schools open next year, but say the high school at Biggers-Reyno will be closed as soon as it is feasible.

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