Dr. Cedric Rice, president of the limited authority board, spoke about the proposed miliage


Voters in the Pine Bluff School District will be going to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of a millage increase that will allow the district to, among other things, build a new high school campus at the site of the current campus on Olive Street.

On Thursday, Dr. Cedric Rice, who is serving as president of the limited authority board put in place by the State Education Department to begin the transition back to local control was a guest on the Oldies 1013 morning show.

Host Greg Horne said that in addition to the issue of increased taxes, some of the opposition to the increase is that there are no assurances that the state will return the district to local control if the tax passes, despite a letter from an official from the department indicating that it will happen. Rice was asked to comment on that.

Horne the asked if the limited authority board would remain or if there is a process that will take place to elect a new board if and when the state returns the district to local control.

Horne then asked Rice if he thought the state would approve that plan?

Rice said he hopes that a majority of the members of the limited authority board will want to continue to serve but that decision will be up to them.