Education Department Votes to Close Schools at Biggers, Reyno

JANUARY 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Elementary and high school students in the Arkansas towns of Alread, Biggers, Reyno and Scotland are to be closed.  Students are to be sent to schools in larger nearby towns.  The closures were decided by the state Board of Education on Monday.

The Biggers-Reyno Elementary School in Reyno and the Biggers-Reyno High School in Biggers will both close at the end of the school year, with 182 students sent to nearby Corning Schools.

Immediate closures will occur at the Scotland and Alread high schools, while the towns' elementary schools will shutter at the end of the school year.  Students from the Alread and Scotland schools will all be sent to nearby Clinton next school year.

The four schools asked the state Education Board to decide their fates because local school board members split on the issues.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)