- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Leaders from the Pulaski County Special School District are offering an alternative to the district’s proposal for dividing teachers and principals between the district and the new Jacksonville/North Pulaski school district.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1cWSu3H ) reports the alternative plan was handed to the school district’s Citizens Advisory Board on Monday. The alternative plan would give teachers and principals a choice about which district they would like to work in once the Jacksonville/North Pulaski district detaches from the Pulaski County Special district.

The detachment is expected to go into effect July 1, 2016.

Earlier this year, Pulaski County Special district Superintendent Jerry Guess proposed the creation of separate seniority lists for the Pulaski County and Jacksonville systems, which would leave some faculty members in one district ineligible to work in the other district.

“We’ll take it and talk about it,” Guess said about the alternative proposal. “I certainly I want to look at it.” He said any decisions on the staffing matter would likely be made by the end of June.

Pam Fitzgiven, chairman of the Pulaski County Special district’s Certified Personnel Policies Committee says the plan would not permit senior employees to “bump” others with less seniority in the district out of desired jobs, but would permit more senior faculty to have first access to available vacant jobs.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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