- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to classify the Dollarway School District in Pine Bluff as in fiscal distress.

The state previously took over the district because of academic issues. At a meeting Thursday, Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key said that a state audit report on the district’s finances was “maybe one of the worst examples we have seen in some time.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Wu9v8r ) that the vote Thursday gives Key the ability to additionally take over the district for its financial problems, but Key said he would not make that decision immediately.

Dollarway School District Superintendent Barbara Warren says the 1,200-student district is working to operate more efficiently, but teacher turnover remains a problem.

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

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