Education Board Makes Consolidation Rules Permanent

JUNE 28, 2004 - Posted at 12:17 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Board of Education made permanent emergency rules on administrative consolidation of school districts today.  The move comes just days before scores of school mergers go into effect under the state's first consolidation law.

Fifty-seven school districts were forced into school consolidations or annexations under Act 60 of the recent special legislative session on education, which required mergers of districts with fewer than 350 students.

The mergers become effective Thursday, when interim school boards take charge of decision-making among the newly-formed partnerships.

Districts that consolidated are to elect permanent school boards by zones in September, while those involved in annexations can continue with interim boards until September 2005.

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