Legislators Told $250 Million Needed for School Buildings

SEPTEMBER 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State education officials say Arkansas public schools will need at least $250 million for facilities improvements over the next two years.

Education officials presented the figure to a legislative committee that met yesterday.  When the General Assembly convenes in January, funding school building improvements will be one of the issues it considers.  State Senator Shane Broadway, a Bryant Democrat, says some of the state surplus of $721 million will have to be put toward school facilities.

The state Supreme Court has ordered improvements to Arkansas public schools.  Part of the order included an instruction to improve school facilities.

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