JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - On Thursday, the Arkansas Board of Education moved forward in a step toward a vote toward a new Jacksonville school district. Dr. Tom Kimbrell, the Arkansas Commissioner of Education says, "Now that the state board has approved it they'll move to an election in September to see if their population truly wants to be a separate entity and not a part of Pulaski County School District."
Soon voters will get to decide whether or not they want a new Jacksonville and North Pulaski County public-school system, completely separate from the current Pulaski County Special School District.
One parent says, "I think it would be good for Jacksonville to branch out." Another adds, "I'm real excited. I hope that everything goes through." We spoke to several parents following the state board's decision. While some were concerned about financial commitments if the vote passes, an overwhelming majority say they are in favor. Tresa Stone says, "Little Rock and North Little Rock are in Pulaski County and they have their own school districts. So why aren't they part of Pulaski County when they're the main part of Pulaski County and we're the outskirts."
Now that the state board has approved the request, a vote will determine the fate of the Jacksonville and North Pulaski County area. Kimbrell adds, "What will happen is if the election is successful and a majority of the people who vote say we want to succeed then the state board will actually take what was presented to the federal courts and say this is the new Jacksonville school district."
That election will be September 16th.