Arkansas School Districts Learning Ins and Outs of Facilities Funding

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Some local school administrators say that getting a fair share of the hundreds of millions of dollars to be distributed throughout the state to repair or replace aging school facilities is not a simple matter.  It's a bit more difficult than calling up a bureaucrat in the capital and saying, "We need some of that."

Officials of smaller school districts say it's been challenging and time-consuming to obtain the funding.

This year, the Legislature set aside $456 million for school facilities, plus many districts are pushing for millage increases on the local level.  The capital improvement projects were in response to a 2002 Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that the state's school funding system was unconstitutional.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)