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State Takes Over Bald Knob School District

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State officials today took control of the financially-strapped Bald Knob School District and have recommended its school be annexed into a neighboring district.

Arkansas Education Commissioner Ken James announced that school Superintendent Wayne Fawcett and Bald Knob's school board had been removed from power.  The 1,300-student district will be under state control until at least the state Board of Education meets next month.

The district is projected to be $2 million in debt this year.

The district was placed in fiscal distress by the state in June for having a projected deficit of $479,000.  The district had received a number of short-term loans to meet its operational expenses and owes $610,500 in loan payments this year.

As of August 13, the district had a bank balance of $18,142 and the state had to issue an early payment of $1.2 million in per-student funding so the district could pay its employees and pay a bank note due next week.

The state Board of Education will decide in a special meeting September 24 on the potential annexation of the Bald Knob district.

In the past several years, the state has had to take over three other school districts...Helena-West Helena, Eudora and Midland.  Eudora was annexed into neighboring Lakeside School District and Midland will regain control of its school district after the September school board elections.

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