Legislators Prepare to Hear School Building Costs

NOVEMBER 29, 2004 - Posted at 3:32 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators are expected to learn the cost tomorrow of brining Arkansas' more than 6,500 public school buildings up to an adequate standard.  The information follows 16 months of work by various committees to evaluate the conditions of school buildings across Arkansas.  The state Supreme Court ordered the study as part of its mandate for the state to bring its education system up to a constitutionally adequate standard.  Repairs are expected to cost between $1 billion and $3 billion and the issue will likely dominate next year's regular legislative session.

Legislators met today to prepare for the release of the information tomorrow morning.  They will meet throughout the day tomorrow to discuss details of the 80-page report.

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