Batesville School Board Reaches Consolidation Agreement with Sulphur Rock

NOVEMBER 24, 2004 - Posted at 8:58 a.m. CST

BATESVILLE, AR - Batesville schools have agreed to annex the Sulphur Rock School District.

The decision was made at a special meeting last night, and leaders of both school districts are happy about the move.

Sulphur Rock is the largest school district required by a new state law to consolidate.  It had a two-year average enrollment of 347 students.  The law requires schools to maintain a three-year average of 350 students to avoid consolidation.

Sulphur Rock didn't have to consolidate initially because it didn't have a third-year enrollment total yet, but officials decided later to go ahead with consolidation.  Unlike other larger districts that were reticent to annex smaller ones, Batesville was happy to take on Suphur Rock.  It hasn't had the same academic and money problems other small districts have.

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