Superintendents Lay Out Priorities for Schools

DECEMBER 16, 2005 - Posted at 8:06 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas school superintendents list priorities ranging from increasing teacher salaries to funding for tutors in literacy and math as likely uses for any extra money they get.  New money is eventually likely as a result of yesterday's state Supreme Court ruling that schools must get more state funding.

Forrest City superintendent Lee Vent said a top priority would be keeping the six reading coaches and six math coaches his district hired last year.  He said another goal would be increasing technology offerings in the school district, including additional classroom computers and distance learning labs at all campuses, he said.

Armorel superintendent Chuck Hanson said raising teacher salaries above the state minimum would be a priority for that Mississippi County district.  He said a starting teacher with a bachelor's degree now gets $27,500 in the district.  Hanson said another priority would be separating the district's maintenance operations from shop classes, which are now both housed in the same building.

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