IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
INADEQUATE RURAL SCHOOLS. Supporters of rural Paron High School won an order stopping the closure of the school pending a study of their claim that being bused is worse than the superior courses and activities offered at Bryant High School. If this precedent holds, you’ll hear the same cry all over Arkansas as a means to stop closure of deficient schools.
VOTE BUYING. BFI Waste Services, which wants to expand its Southwest Little Rock landfill, threw a free barbecue and made more promises to build a park in the neighborhood as part of its ongoing effort to win friends. It also has a scholarship program in a neighborhood school. Is it all worth a mountain of garbage?
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
NORTH LITTLE ROCK. The City Council got one bid for a new power supply contract — at double the cost of the existing contract. Optioins: Rates will go up stratospherically; city services (financed by electric rates) will have to be slashed, or taxes will have to be raised.
The LITTLE ROCK ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION COMMISSION. A deal it worked out privately to turn the Curran Hall visitor center over to the Clinton School of Public Service for class space went bad wrong. Backers of the project that transformed the historic house into a visitor center raised a ruckus. They also uncovered the fact that the Convention and Visitors Bureau had been ignoring the law requiring competitive bids for marketing services.
The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. A federal appeals court ruled that the district hasn’t complied with an agreement covering programs for minority students and thus must remain under court supervision. No merit pay for PRSD administrators.