Jonesboro School District Begins Series of Public Forums Tonight on Magnet Plan

FEBRUARY 20, 2007 - Posted at 12:01 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - The Jonesboro School District tonight begins hosting a series of five public informational forums at various campuses throughout the district.

The district's Board of Education recently voted to go forward with a long-considered proposal to implement a magnet plan.   The first forum is set for this evening at Philadelpha Elementary, which will host the district's Math & Science magnet campus when the plan goes into effect in the next academic year.  The session begins with an open house at 6 p.m., and informational meetings will be held beginning at 6:30.

Other sessions are set for Feb. 22 at Hillcrest Elementary (Visual & Performing Arts), Feb. 26 at West Elementary (MicroSociety), Feb. 27 at the Sixth Grade Academic Center (International Studies), and March 1 at South Elementary (Health/Wellness/Environmental Studies).

Magnets are schools of choice, which offer expanded educational opportunities for students.  The schools are built around specialized themes and offer experience and study in specific areas.

K8 News will have a crew at tonight's forum, and will have more information tonight at ten on Nightbeat.