STEPHENS, AR - A federal judge has rejected a south Arkansas school district's request to block a planned merger into neighboring school districts.
Earlier this month the State Board of Education voted to annex the Stephens School District (Ouachita County) into the Camden-Fairview, Magnolia and Nevada County school districts.
The Stephens School District fell below 350 students for average daily attendance during the 2013-2014 school year.
According to state law, falling below that enrollment threshold requires the district to find a district with which to annex into or have the State Board of Education make the selection.
The school district asked the judge to issue a temporary restraining order and injunction that would stop the annexation until a hearing could be scheduled on the issue.
The judge did rule there will be a hearing before the consolidation takes effect in July and before staff contracts end on June 30.
A date for that hearing has not yet been set.
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