by Max Brantley
Weiner School District supporters have continued a full-court press behind the scenes (lobbying members of the state Board of Education, for example) to avoid the consolidation with another district mandated by its size of fewer than 350 students.
But reality appears to be emerging. The Harrisburg School Board voted last night its support of "administrative" annexation of the Weiner district. The Weiner school board votes today on the plan. Noon Monday is the deadline for submitting a plan to the state Educationm Department. The KAIT story doesn't report what, if anything, the memorandum details about continuation of existing schools.
UPDATE: Jonesboro Sun article says deal would preserve Weiner schools as long as they were sustainable; board would have four members from Harrisburg, one from Weiner. Weiner could choose to do nothing and leave a resolution to the Education Department. It could, among others, divide the district up among several other districts.