Justice D. Price Marshall
will hold a hearing starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday to decide whether to give preliminary approval of the settlement proposal
that the state and parties in LRSD v. PCSSD et al reached this week. Attorneys for the school districts filed
today asking for preliminary approval and for the judge to set a fairness hearing with the Joshua and Knight intervenors. The fairness hearing could take place in mid-December or early January.
Marshall has indicated that he could give preliminary approval tomorrow. If so, he will then schedule a trial date on the motion for release from supervision sometime in January, after completion of the fairness hearing. If not, the case will go to trial Dec. 9.
So that the global settlement can go forward, the Pulaski County Special School District,
which has not yet attained unitary status, and the Joshua Intervenors have drafted a
stating that the district meets unitary status in five of the nine subject areas in which the district does not comply with the desegregation plan. The district acknowledges in the agreement that it must still address the remaining four: facilities, discipline, scholarships and student achievement.