A new state law provided no relief for the Hughes School District,
consolidated today with West Memphis
by the state Board of Education.
The vote was 7-1, with Alice Mahony voting no.
The district argued that a new state law allowed a waiver for districts with fewer than 350 students if they were not in fiscal or academic distress. The state contended Hughes is in fiscal distress, a position the school district challenged.
Details on the debate from Gavin Lesnick
of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's on-line reporting staff.