September 17th, 2014
JACKSONVILLE â€” Jacksonville and north Pulaski County voters have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a new school district.
Pulaski County officials say initial results of the vote Tuesday show that nearly 96 percent of voters supported separating from the Pulaski County Special School District. About 10 schools will secede from the existing district to create the Jacksonville/North Pulaski County school district with roughly 4,000 students.
About 21 percent of eligible voters within the boundaries of the proposed district voted.
LITTLE ROCK â€” The National Rifle Association on Tuesday said it's launching a $1.3 million television ad campaign to promote Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, a little over a year after the group ran radio ads defending Pryor's record on guns.
Bryant School Board approved a budget for the 2014-2015 school year during its regular meeting Monday night.
The board has previously discussed the budget during two work sessions.
Angela Drummond, district treasurer, told the board during the sessions that the district has additional funds in the budget that were not used during the 2013-14 school year.
The board discussed ways to use the surplus funding and incorporated these into the budget.
Benton School District's feature on the nationally televised "In View" program hosted by Larry King will air on Saturday, Sept. 20.
The broadcast is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. local time on the Fox Business Network.
A preview of the program was presented Monday night at a meeting of the Benton School Board.
Benton Superintendent Jeff Collum said Monday night that he was contacted in March by one of the executive producers of "In View" about the proposed program that portrays Benton as "one of the top school districts in the nation."