Update: Unofficial Results Show Favor for Starting Jacksonville School District

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(Update, 8:30 p.m.):
JACKSONVILLE, AR – An unofficial vote total from the Jacksonville school district vote shows that 95 percent are in favor of Jacksonville breaking away from other schools to form its own district. (Picture above)

Supporters of the new school district are celebrating tonight at the Jacksonville Community Center where it was a very festive atmosphere.

This vote was some 40 years in the making finally made possible when a decades old federal desegregation lawsuit was settled this year.

Supporters who we spoke with tonight are hoping local control will lead to better schools with more resources.

“One of the biggest things that surprised me was when my children told me they didn’t have books to bring home. School books had to stay at school,” says Destry Stirgus.

The new Jacksonville North Pulaski School will serve about 4,000 students on 10 campuses.

Removing those students could lead to $30 million a year in finding losses to the Pulaski County Special School District.

After the election results are certified, a committee will appoint an interim school board which will pick the district’s first superintendent.

(See unofficial results attached above)

(Original Story ,10:20 a.m.):
JACKSONVILLE, AR – It’s Election Day in Jacksonville as voters decide whether or not the city should have its own school district.

The resolution of the 32-year old desegregation case between Little Rock, North Little Rock and the Pulaski County Schools is allowing Jacksonville the opportunity to break away.

The population of Jacksonville is just under 30,000. If approved, the Pulaski County Special School District would stand to lose 4,000 students and about $30 million.

Daniel Gray, with Jacksonville North Pulaski Education Corps says the newly formed Jacksonville School District would have ten campuses. Those schools include Jacksonville & North Pulaski high schools, Jacksonville Middle School and seven elementary and pre-k campuses.

The polls are open until 7:30 tonight.

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