Special Election Date Set For Jacksonville School Split Vote

- LITTLE ROCK, AR-- The Pulaski County Election sets a date for voters to decide whether Jacksonville should create its own school district.

"Getting it passed is crucial," said attorney Patrick Wilson, who has been working on the plan to separate the schools from the Pulaski County Special School District.

Last month, the state board of education approved the special election, which will happen September 16.

Wilson says the campaign strategy is being worked out.

"Social media, door to door, handbills, community meetings, everything we can do to get people out to vote," said Wilson.

Wilson says so far there hasn't been any organized opposition against the plan.

"No one has said this is a bad idea. No one thinks Jacksonville getting its own school district is a bad idea," said Wilson.

Ivory Tillman with the Jacksonville NAACP says the group supports the effort, but if it passes, he wants to make sure the appointed board represents a diverse student body.

"We want to make sure we have equal representation of people that is concerned about minority children in the Jacksonville school district," said Tillman.

Tillman says he doesn't want minority children to be at a disadvantage if the measure is passed.

"The only way we can do it is to have equal representation on the board," said Tillman.

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