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Old 07-31-2017, 11:52 PM
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I've read articles in which Dollarway officials are saying they very little/don't have enough money to run their district Dollarway parents are upset about not being allowed to transfer children to another district - News - Pine Bluff Commercial - Pine Bluff, AR

Dollarway School Board Secretary Gene Stewart said that money is the rationale for the board vote to be exempt from the law. He said the board is not penalizing parents or making decisions to hurt parents or students.

″[Our vote] is not personal toward anyone,” Stewart said. “It is about costs only.”

“We will be able to retain those students who live in our boundaries and consequently receive revenue of $6,500 or $6,700 per child will come to our district,” Stewart said. “If our students go to another district, the other districts get the money. Dollarway does not have much industry. We have to rely on student enrollment and turnback money from the state.”


“We are in the Delta. We are a poor community,” Stewart said. “School districts operate on the dollar.”
If that's the case, does Pine Bluff School District have more industry/money? Consolidate the districts. (the bit of Dollarway SD next to White Hall School District should go to White Hall)

Ideally all of/most of Jefferson County, Arkansas should have a single school district, but racial and class conditions may complicate this
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Old 08-04-2017, 02:16 AM
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BTW Dollarway itself has expanded greatly from mergers, and now all the rural schools in north Jefferson County have vanished.
  • 1983: Plum Bayou-Tucker SD consolidates into Wabbaseka SD to form Wabbaseka-Tucker SD
  • 1993: Wabbaseka-Tucker SD consolidates into Altheimer-Sherrill SD to form Altheimer Unified SD
  • 1996: School campus in Wabbaseka, Arkansas closed
  • 2006: Altheimer USD consolidates into Dollarway SD
  • 2013: Altheimer–Martin Elementary closes

Now everyone in Altheimer, Sherrill, Tucker, and Wabbaseka go to schools in Pine Bluff operated by Dollarway SD.

Dollarway SD itself used to have three elementary schools in Pine Bluff (James Matthews, Pinecrest, and Townsend Park) and now theyre down to one (James Matthews).

Last edited by Vicman; 08-04-2017 at 03:07 AM..
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