Michael Peterson, who was elected to the Little Rock School Board in September, was found dead today at his home today, the Little Rock School District has confirmed, but no other details are available right now. The Little Rock Police spokesman couldn't immediately be reached, and the district is not releasing other information. (The LRPD later released an incident report that said they were called to a report of a dead body at the Peterson home at 10 a.m. this morning. There is no indication of foul play.)
District spokesman Pam Smith said district policy is to let the school board members elect a replacement in the case of a vacancy, but that the district was still studying the issue. (Later today, Smith said the process is that the board will have to declare a vacancy, advertise for the position and select someone for the seat within 30 days.)
Peterson defeated Laveta Wills-Hale for the Zone 6 position.
We'll post more information when we can get it.
Update: Peterson, 63, worked 38 years in the district, retiring in 2010 as principal of Metropolitan Career Technical Center.