LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tuesday, Little Rock voters can decide if the current public school millage will be extended. For a lot of people, it’s much more than a discussion about taxes. Parents citywide say it’s been an emotional issue.
Whether you’re for, or against, voters will have the final say on the Little Rock School District millage extension. It has been a heated topic across the city.
“It’s time to think about our kids and our public school workers and vote for them,” said Amanda Denton who has a pre-k student at LRSD.
“I don’t think that’s something they should do. I speak totally against it,” said Marco Rankin who is a grandfather of an LRSD student.
Rankin and his wife say their granddaughter attends J.A. Fair High School. They say they are against the millage passing because they don’t want the new South West High School built.
“I think when you combine a lot of children in these schools there will be continuing problems,” said Rankin.
Others opposing the millage fear it could put the district in fiscal distress.
“I want the best for our children,” he said.
Denton says she will vote “yes” because she wants school improvements.
“I’ve thought about it and I’ve heard the pros and cons and I think there’s too much immediate need,” said Denton.
She says her ballot goes to the teachers and staff.
“I think about the school employees that deserve to have a good working environment and good plumbing, AC in the kitchen in a hot Little Rock summer, and plumbing,” said Denton.
Whether for or against, Tuesday’s vote will go a long way toward deciding the future of LRSD.
The district says if this passes, it’ll bring in $160 million for a new high school and upgrades to existing schools. Opponents worry the lack of a publicly elected school board won’t give them a voice in how the money will be spent.
Polls open Tuesday from 7:30 am – 7:30 pm. For more information, click here.