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State Board Rejects Lead Hill and Ozark Mountain Voluntary Annexation
On Monday, March 12, the State Board of Education denied a
petition from Lead Hill and Ozark Mountain School Districts for voluntary
annexation. The two school districts
requested that the annexation become effective on July 1, 2012 for the upcoming
2012-2013 school year.
The Lead Hill School Districtís student population has been
slowly declining over the last three years. At the beginning of the current
school year, Lead Hill had 309 students.
Recognizing that state mandated consolidation could occur in the near
future, the Lead Hill Board was proactive and pursued a merger. The petition for voluntary annexation
represented the culmination of months of extensive review by both districts
resulting in a proposal that they believed would have created a new Ozark
Mountain School District that would have been in the best interest of all
The Lead Hill community was in full support of the
annexation. Senator Johnny Key spoke in
favor of the annexation, emphasizing the will of the people. Bill Abernathy, Executive Director of the
Arkansas Rural Education Association also spoke in favor of the voluntary
The proposal was rejected in a 5-4 vote. Board Members Vicki Saviers, Joe Black,
Brenda Gullett, and Jim Cooper voted yes.
Sam Ledbetter, Alice Mahony, and Mireya Reith voted no, and Toyce Newton
abstained. Dr. Mays voted to break the
tie, and he voted to reject the proposal.