The filing period for the Sept. 18 school board elections in Jefferson County will be from July 3 at 8:30 a.m. until July 10 at noon in the county clerk's office on the first floor of the county courthouse.
The filing period for the Sept. 18 school board elections in Jefferson County will be from July 3 at 8:30 a.m. until July 10 at noon in the county clerk’s office on the first floor of the county courthouse.
The seats representing all seven zones within the Pine Bluff and White Hall school districts will be contested, which is a requirement for Arkansas school districts with a minority student population of 10 percent or more under Ark. Code Ann. 6-13-631.
Catherine Wooldridge, senior deputy clerk in the county clerk’s office, confirmed that the board seats will be up for grabs in September under the provisions of the state law.
In the Pine Bluff school district, board member Harold Jackson represents zone one, board member Ellen Nichol represents zone 2, board president Herman Horace represents zone 3, board secretary Freddie M. Johnson represents zone 4, board member Ken Dickson represents zone 5, board vice president Donna Barnes represents zone 6 and board member Chandra Griffin represents zone 7.
In the White Hall school district, board secretary Roy Agee represents zone 1, board president Scott Pittillo represents zone 2, board vice president Scott Ray represents zone 3, board member Raymond Jones represents zone 4, board member Connie Medsker represents zone 5, board member Steve Brickey is at-large 1 and board member Dean Dancer at-large 2.
The Watson Chapel School District is exempt from the requirement because it continues to operate under a federal court desegregation order, according to district superintendent Danny Hazelwood.
Hazelwood said the necessary paperwork has been filed with the state to ensure that the exemption remains in place.
“Only the seats for board vice president Sandra C. Boone and board secretary Ronnie Reynolds will be contested in the September election,” Hazelwood said.
The Dollarway School District board of directors was dissolved June 12 by the State Board of Education in a move that also involved the removal of superintendent Bettye Dunn-Wright after Dollarway High School failed to meet accreditation standards for two consecutive years.
Former Pine Bluff School District superintendent Frank Anthony was appointed Dollarway superintendent by Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell through the 2012-2013 academic year.
Under Arkansas law, school boards in districts with a minority student population of at least 10 percent that do not fall within an exemption must prepare a plan that includes a map showing the boundaries of each zone and documentation showing the population by race in each zone that must then be filed with the county clerk.
The zones must also be based on the most recent federal census information and be substantially equal in population.