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  • Kingsland, Arkansas-High School destroyed by fire

    KINGSLAND, Ark. (AP) - This year's legislative debate about
    school consolidation suddenly became more serious for officials of
    Kingsland High School, which was destroyed by a fire over the
    weekend.
    The 63-year-old main building of Kingsland High School burned
    down Sunday night, despite the efforts of nine volunteer fire
    departments that spent about four hours battling the blaze.
    Now Kingsland Superintendent Sammy Hartwick said his school
    district stands a greater risk of being consolidated with
    neighboring districts if standards are set requiring a minimum
    number of students in each.
    "Consolidation is still an issue," Hartwick said, "but if
    they take out the number, and put back course offerings and
    facilities, we're in good shape."
    One proposal that was the subject of heated debate in the
    regular legislative session was whether the state's many school
    districts should be consolidated so each has a set minimum number
    of students.
    Many rural superintendents instead favor rules that would allow
    districts with adequate facilities, course offerings and
    achievement ratings to remain independent.
    Legislators are expected to reconvene in the fall to address
    issues of consolidating schools and raising taxes to pay for
    court-ordered school improvements that could cost up to $1 billion
    more annually.
    But Kingsland plans to rebuild the school, which housed classes
    for about 150 high school students in the community of 400. About
    300 students total are taught on the school campus in separate
    buildings.
    The school board held an emergency meeting Monday and authorized
    Hartwick to contact an architect to begin drafting plans for a
    replacement building. In the meantime, he said, the students will
    be taught in portable classrooms in the fall.
    In fighting the fire, two firefighters, including Kingsland Fire
    Chief Chuck Reaves, suffered from smoke inhalation and dehydration.
    They were treated at Dallas County Medical Center and released, the
    Pine Bluff Commercial reported Monday.
    The building's old pine, along with the varnish on the floors,
    oil on the wood inside and a gas heating system all contributed to
    a blaze that spreaded quickly, Reaves said.
    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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