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PCSSD board members react to state take-over

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) --  A day after the state took over the Pulaski County Special School District, former board members are speaking out.

Effective Monday, the Education Commission dismissed them and fired the superintendent because of the district's financial troubles.

"I knew we were headed that direction and that it really, that we had really tied his hands. And he had no choice but to come in and do what he did," says Gloria Lawrence, a former school board member.

Lawrence says she's relieved the state stepped in to take over the Pulaski County Special School District.

"I saw our students losing so much that it's relief that I know somebody is going to put our students first and start helping our teachers being able to teach our students," Lawrence adds.

State education officials say they tried to work with the schools classified under fiscal distress, but they did not make enough progress.

Appeals court stops order cutting L.R. school funds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has temporarily set aside a ruling that cut most of the state's desegregation funding to three Little Rock-area school districts.

In a brief ruling Tuesday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Little Rock School District's request to issue a stay of a lower court ruling. A federal judge had slashed much of the $70 million a year that three districts receive for desegregation efforts.

The state this week stopped making some desegregation payments to the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller ruled against continued funding for the districts and refused to set aside his order while the districts appealed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

PCSSD board dissolved, superintendent ousted

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Department of Education Press Release) - "Arkansas Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell today exercised his authority under state law to remove the superintendent and dissolve the board of the Pulaski County Special School District.

"The action was taken to immediately move toward restoring confidence in the district's stewardship of public funds, which has been the subject of several critical legislative reports.

"The district needs to set the tone from the top," Dr. Kimbrell said. "There needs to be change in the environment at the district and that starts with school leadership. The district has exhibited a lack of basic financial accountability. To create an atmosphere for children to be successful academically, a change in administration had to be made."

"The department made its decision regarding the district in consultation with Gov. Mike Beebe who fully supports Dr. Kimbrell in this matter.

Little Rock Weekly Gas Price Update

Little Rock, Ark. (GasBuddy) -- Average retail gasoline prices in Little Rock have fallen 5.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.40/g Sunday.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.66/g, according to LittleRockGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Little Rock during the past week, prices yesterday were 86.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 26.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 19.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 92.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Ugly Tie Contest, winners revealed

Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) -- Today's THV This Morning welcomed the two finalists in the "Ugly Tie Contest" on Monday's show to compete for a prize worth $1,000!

Brandon Land and Brian Meyers competed in a "showcase showdown" to an assortment of prizes. The dads were asked a variety of questions from TV shows and TV dads.

Here's what the prize pack included:

  • A new silk shirt from Jos. A Bank
  • A round of golf at Maumelle Country Club
  • Bushnell Neo Plus GPSRrange Finder from Best Buy
  • A massage and facial from the Rejuvenation Clinic
  • Dinner for 2 at Cappriccio's at The Peabody Little Rock

Congratulations to Brian Meyers on getting the most triva questions correct. To see the dads compete for the prize, click on the video!

The Shootout of the South

This year's tournament attracts top 7-on-7 teams in Arkansas as well as teams from Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama.

Each of the twenty-four teams will competed in five pool play games on Friday and Pool play results seeded Saturday's tournament.

Pulaski Academy wins the Shootout of the South for the second year in a row.