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PCSSD Will Ask Voters For Millage Increase To Build Schools

The Pulaski County School District will ask voters later this year or early next year for a millage increase to help improve the districts facilities an administration official said Monday.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Pulaski County School District will ask voters later this year or early next year for a millage increase to help improve the districts facilities an administration official said Monday.

PCSSD has identified $198 million dollars in facility needs across the district, including major projects at Mills, Sylvan Hills and Robinson high schools at a cost of an estimated $51 million each.

Derek Scott, chief operating officer for PCSSD, says the district needs to make the investment to end federal court supervision.

"We are not going to get unitary status if we don't get our facilities to an equitable status," Scott says.

In addition to the major projects at high schools, Scott says feeder middle schools Fuller and Robinson would move into the old Mills and Robinson high campuses, respectively, allowing for demolition of the existing middle schools.

PCSSD has also outlined facilities needs at Maumelle Middle and High School, despite both campuses being among the newest in the district.

"We'd like to build bleachers and install lights at the baseball and softball fields, allow those facilities to be used for game play," Scott says. "And we'd also like to air condition the gym at the middle school."

Maumelle mayor Mike Watson says he has not seen specifics of the millage increase plan yet, but says voters there will keep an open mind.

"If its a fair plan and its going to benefit the students across the county, I think our citizens will look at it objectively and could support a program as long as the millage is not excessive," Watson says.

Scott says the proposal calls for a 5.5 mill increase. According to Scott, for a home valued at $130,000, it would equate to $100 extra per year in property taxes.

"That's real money," Scott says. "We know that. I'm a taxpayer too, we want to make sure we show everyone we're good stewards of their tax dollars."

Watson says there is still support in Maumelle for the city to break away from PCSSD. The same sentiment exists in Sherwood as well.

"There may be a possibility for Maumelle to form their own school district but with the desegregation ruling and if PCSSD gets to unitary status, we may not need to form our own school district," Watson says. "It's really too early to tell."
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