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State Spares Bald Knob District, For Now

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Bald Knob School District won't have to merge with a neighboring school system, at least for now.

The state Education Board decided today that the district would have until after a November sales tax vote to raise more money to clear a projected $2 million projected deficit.  The state took over management of the district last month.

Residents have raised about $1.5 million for the schools.  Superintendent James Staggs says he's pleased with the board's decision.  He says the district didn't want a pass from the state, only a chance to prove what the community could do.

Among those testifying today was seventh-grader Cordell Crisp.

Crisp shed tears as he pleaded with the Education Board to not annex the school district.  The boy told the board that the community would die if Bald Knob schools are closed.

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