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Arkansas Education Board Takes Over Dollarway School District

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LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Education Board has voted to take over the Dollarway School District in Jefferson County.

The board on Monday found that the district hadn’t done enough to solve problems in its administration and improve student performance.

The panel removed the superintendent and the district’s elected school board.

The district has been on probation for two years. The board hired a new superintendent a year ago, but the Education Department says the district failed to take advantage of state resources that could have helped district performance.

Dollarway Superintendent Bettye Dunn-Wright said afterward she didn’t realize the board would order the takeover. Dunn-Wright says she thought the board only wanted an update on technical issues.

The board says Dollarway is in the bottom 5 percent in the state in student performance.

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