PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release March 30, 06

 

 

45 Campuses Closed Since Administrative Consolidation Act 60 Passed

20 Of Those Campuses Are Elementary Campuses

Elaine Students Will Now Have 14-hour school days: 5:00 a.m. to 7:00-144 mile bus route

           Legislators and consolidation advocates persistently assured consolidation opponents in 2004 that the elementary schools and isolated campuses  would not be closed. The proponents of the consolidation legislation carefully referred to their consolidation bills as "ADMINISTRATIVE" consolidation.  In fact  the consolidation bill, Act 60, used ADMINISTRATIVE  37 times in the 4-page bill, and yet we have 45 campuses closed, and  20 of them elementary campuses. The ADE constantly used the word ADMISTRATIVE  consolidation in all of its documents as well.  

The Arkansas State School Board just closed Elaine 7-12th grade campus on 3-13-06,  and now some  students have a 14- hour day with a 72- mile bus route one way (144 miles a day).  Parents testified under oath (and no one contested it)  at the hearing that they and their children will have to get up at 5:00 a.m. to catch the bus before 6:00 a.m., and students will not get home until 6:30 or 7:00 because many of them have after school tutoring (mandated by the state).  There was even talk that the elementary school may have to be closed soon.  This is just one of many examples of extended bus routes. Before these 45 closings, more than 32 districts  had 3 to 3   bus routes.  Senator Laverty said that the only time many students in his district saw their homes in the daylight in the winter was on the week-ends.

  The AR Democrat Gazette reported on 3-24-93: "One school-consolidation bill at this session was introduced by Representative Jim Argue of Little Rock. Massive in scope, it would provide that each county in Arkansas would have but one school district by July 1, 1995." The Blue Ribbon Commission recommended basically the same thing.  And they want us to believe, despite the 45 campus closings with so called administrative consolidation, that no schools or campuses will be closed under countywide administrative consolidation!  See www.wpaag.org  for this article on the web.

Contact:

Bob Hester

American Family Association of Arkansas

870-932-5065

blhester@m34u.net

School Closings up to March, 06 from Rural Trust Spread Sheet

Doug Eaton from ADE sent a list of 38 but had left some off and there were more closings since his list.

ALREAD

ALREAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

VAN BUREN

annexed into Clinton byAct 60

closed effective July 06

ALREAD

ALREAD HIGH SCHOOL

VAN BUREN

annexed into Clinton byAct 60

closed effective July 06

ARKANSAS CITY

ARKANSAS CITY ELEM. SCHOOL

DESHA

Annexed into McGeehee by Act 60

closed

ARKANSAS CITY

ARKANSAS CITY HIGH SCHOOL

DESHA

Annexed into McGeehee by Act 60

closed

BIGGERS-REYNO

BIGGERS-REYNO ELEM. SCHOOL

RANDOLPH

annexed into Corning by Act 60

closed by Corning SB and SBE effective July 06

BIGGERS-REYNO

BIGGERS-REYNO HIGH SCHOOL

RANDOLPH

annexed into Corning by Act 60

closed by Corning SB and SBE effective July 06

BRIGHT STAR

BRIGHT STAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MILLER

annexed into Fouke by Act 60

closed

BRIGHT STAR

BRIGHT STAR HIGH SCHOOL

MILLER

annexed into Fouke by Act 60

closed

CARTHAGE

CARTHAGE HIGH SCHOOL

DALLAS

annexed into Malvern by Act 60

closed in 2005

CORD-CHARLOTTE

CORD-CHARLOTTE ELEM. SCHOOL

INDEPENDENCE

cons./wNewark to Cedar Ridge-Act 60

closed

CORD-CHARLOTTE

CORD-CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL

INDEPENDENCE

cons./wNewark to Cedar Ridge-Act 60

closed

COTTON PLANT

COTTON PLANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WOODRUFF

Annexed into Augusta by Act 60

closed

COTTON PLANT

COTTON PLANT HIGH SCHOOL

WOODRUFF

Annexed into Augusta by Act 60

closed

CRAWFORDSVILLE

CRAWFORDSVILLE ELEM. SCHOOL

CRITTENDEN

annexed into Marion by Act 60

closed in 2004

CRAWFORDSVILLE

CRAWFORDSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

CRITTENDEN

annexed into Marion by Act 60

closed in 2004

DELTA SPECIAL

DELTA HIGH SCHOOL

DESHA

Annexed into McGeehee by Act 60

closed

ELAINE

ELAINE HIGH SCHOOL

PHILLIPS

Annexed into Marvell by Act 60 Feb. 06

close July 2006

Evening Shade Evening Shade High School Sharp Annexed to Cave City by Act 60 closed
Eudora G. C. Johns Lower Elem Sch Chico annexed into Lakeside by SBEomnibus Act All but K-3 to Lakeside by July 06

EUDORA

EUDORA HIGH SCHOOL & elem4-8

CHICOT

annexed into Lakeside by SBE/omnibus Act

to close July 2006

FOUNTAIN HILL

FOUNTAIN HILL HIGH SCHOOL

ASHLEY

Annexed into Hamburg by Act 60

closed

GOULD

GOULD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LINCOLN

annexed into Dumas by Act 60

closed

GOULD

GOULD HIGH SCHOOL

LINCOLN

annexed into Dumas by Act 60

closed

GOULD

GOULD MIDDLE SCHOOL

LINCOLN

annexed into Dumas by Act 60

closed

GRADY

GRADY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LINCOLN

annexed into StarCity by Act 60

closed

GRADY

GRADY HIGH SCHOOL

LINCOLN

annexed into StarCity by Act 60

closed

HOLLY GROVE

HOLLY GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MONROE

annexed into Clarendon by Act 60

closed

HOLLY GROVE

HOLLY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL

MONROE

annexed into Clarendon by Act 60

closed

HUMPHREY

HUMPHREY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ARKANSAS

annexed into DeWitt by Act 60

closed in 2005

HUMPHREY

HUMPHREY HIGH SCHOOL

ARKANSAS

annexed into DeWitt by Act 60

closed in 2005

LAKE VIEW

C.V. WHITE HIGH SCHOOL

PHILLIPS

annexed into Barton-Lexa by Act 60

closed

LAKE VIEW

LAKE VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PHILLIPS

annexed into Barton-Lexa by Act 60

closed

MCNEIL

MCNEIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

COLUMBIA

annexed into Stephens by Act 60

closed Feb 2006 by Stephens SB and SBE

MCNEIL

MCNEIL HIGH SCHOOL

COLUMBIA

annexed into Stephens by Act 60

closed Feb 2006 by Stephens SB and SBE

MCRAE

MCRAE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WHITE

annexed into Beebe by Act 60

closed?

MCRAE

MCRAE HIGH SCHOOL

WHITE

annexed into Beebe by Act 60

closed?

Mount Holly Mount Holly High School Union annexed into Smackover by Act 60 closed 20005

PARKIN

PARKIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CROSS

SBE annexed into Wynn 2005

closed

PARKIN

PARKIN HIGH SCHOOL

CROSS

SBE annexed into Wynn 2005

closed

PERRY-CASA

PERRY-CASA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PERRY

annexed into Ola 2003, now Two Rivers

closed

PERRY-CASA

PERRY-CASA HIGH SCHOOL

PERRY

annexed into Ola 2003, now Two Rivers

closed

SWIFTON

SWIFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

JACKSON

annexed into Jackson Co. by Act 60

closed

SWIFTON

SWIFTON HIGH SCHOOL

JACKSON

annexed into Jackson Co. by Act 60

closed

WILBURN

WILBURN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CLEBURNE

annexed into Concord Act 60

closed 2006

WILBURN

WILBURN HIGH SCHOOL

CLEBURNE

annexed into Concord Act 60

closed 2006

WINSLOW

WINSLOW HIGH SCHOOL

WASHINGTON

annexed into Greenland Act 60

closed 2005

WITTS SPRINGS

WITTS SPRINGS ELEM. SCHOOL

SEARCY

annexed into Searcy Co. 2003

closed

WITTS SPRINGS

WITTS SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL

SEARCY

annexed into Searcy Co. 2003

closed

 

 

 

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