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Calico Rock opposes consolidation

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Calico Rock City Council adopted a resolution Feb. 10 opposing Gov. Huckabee's reform plan to consolidate small schools with less than 1,500 students.

The resolution was approved after Calico Rock School assistant superintendent Jerry Skidmore addressed the council concerning the governor's plan.

Skidmore said the current plan would require hiring new teachers to meet the rich curriculum requirements the governor proposed.

Huckabee's plan proposes slashing the number of school districts by two-thirds to about 116 districts. Districts with 1,500 or more students would be allowed to remain intact. Approximately 25 or 30 regional districts would include most of the remaining students.

In other business, Mayor Ronnie Guthrie gave the council an update on the Wideman water extension project. Guthrie said to date there have been approximately 75 residents sign up for the project.

Gary B. Teague, treasurer/recorder, said 130 members is the minimum required before the project can get started. Teague said it is a slow process because residents are waiting until the last minute before signing up. The deadline to sign up has been extended to March 1.

Fire Chief Justin Sanders reported five firemen have taken arson detection training. Sanders also reported that several officers have taken training for smallpox inoculations.

Sheriff Joe Martz gave an update on the construction of the new county jail, projecting the opening in May.

The street department will start patching roads as soon as the weather permits. The water and sewer department reported some pipes had frozen and burst in one of the wells.



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