Hughes Arkansas School to Get Merged With W. Memphis School

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Hughes, Arkansas School District will be merging with West Memphis School in July this year. This decision was made by the Arkansas Education Board. This move was taken due to decreasing numbers of enrollments at the Hughes Arkansas School District. Students and Parents are upset over this school move. No one wants their school to close down and see students move so far for their education. Irene Combs said, “And if they bus these little bitty kids way somewhere else. It’s just going to be tragic. I feel it will be tragic.”

She almost had tears after she came to know that the Hughes School District will be merging with the school district in West Memphis, Arkansas. The Hughes City Council members, Combs, hoped the enrollment would increase above the minimum requirement of 350 students. She said that Statistically the counts of enrollments are below the requirements. She further said, “But, there is nothing we can do about that. But things have improved.”

The Hughes School District was placed on fiscal distress status in 2013 following a state audit. The West Memphis School is located about thirty miles away from Hughes Arkansas School. Considering the distance Hughes believes that the students will face transportation issue.

Raleon Cobb, said, “Most of the students don’t have transportation , and most people walk to school. And with that continuation it will be a big struggle for the students.”  For the economically backward class this announcement was like another nail in th… MORE

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