Panel Gives Tentative Approval to School Building Improvements

MAY 1, 2006 - Posted at 3:34 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Education Department panel has given its conditional approval to $250 million worth of improvements to public school buildings in Arkansas.  The program was approved by the Legislature in the recent special session and the work is to take place over the coming three years.

The largest item in the package is $9.4 million for a school in Marion.

The list goes out for the public comment, so the contents of the package could change.  A vote on a final version is set for July 1.

The improvement money is only for academic buildings, not stadiums or gymnasiums or administrative buildings.

Later today, the panel is to hear a status report on Marmaduke schools, which were hit by tornadoes last month.

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