State to spell out GF Schools' needs this Thursday

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

GREEN FOREST -- On Thursday evening the community will have a chance to hear directly what the state will require from the school district.

A public meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the cafeteria. The meeting was initially announced for the Alumni Center, but there were concerns about the acoustics.

This meeting was arranged by State Rep. Bryan King. State Sen. Randy Laverty will also attend.

Doug Eaton, Director of the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation, will be on hand to explain the state's requirements.

School Board President Brian Ayers said, "They will go over all the rules we have to follow, what would put us in facilities distress, and what would happen if we fall into that category."

The board and interim superintendent Bob Evans have a general idea of what to expect from the state, but this meeting will help to focus the board's efforts to submit a plan to the state to correct deficiencies. That plan must be submitted by Dec. 19.

The plan developed by the school district will not include a great deal of specific detail, although the district will at least have to explain general intentions.

Ayers said the state requirements have not been completely clear, and he looks forward to this meeting. "They're not telling us what to do," he said. "They're just trying to provide some leadership."

The school board will probably have another special meeting on Monday evening to work on a plan to submit to the state.

Ayers hopes to see a large turnout at the meeting on Thursday. "I'd absolutely love for the place to be full, and for everyone to get involved and get educated on what's going to happen," he said.

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