Pulaski County Special, Helena-West Helena school districts to remain in state control

LITTLE ROCK (Ark News Bureau) The state Board of Education voted unanimously Friday to continue state control of the financially troubled Pulaski County Special and Helena-West Helena school districts.

In a special meeting which the board members attended by phone, the board followed the recommendation of state Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell, who said both districts have issues they need to continue addressing before they are ready to be returned to local control.

Both districts are classified as fiscally distressed and are nearing the end of their third year of state control. A school district has five years to get out of fiscal distress or face mandatory consolidation or annexation to one or more nearby districts.

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