By Ray King

The State Board of Education voted last week to annex the Dollarway School District into the Pine Bluff School District effective July 1, 2021.

Both districts have been under state control, the Dollarway District for five years and the Pine Bluff District for much of this year.

Barbara Warren, who was appointed by the state to serve as Superintendent of both districts appeared on the Oldies 101.3 morning show Wednesday and explained what the state did.

One of the many questions that has been asked since the state board decision was what would happen to the Dollarway District, and particularly the Dollarway Cardinals athletic teams.

Warren said that while there are no guarantees on what will happen after next year, any decision to close schools in either district will be made by the state board.

She was also asked if combining the two districts would mean combining jobs in some positions, such as one transportation director, one food service director, etc.

Warren said she had no numbers on how many people might lose their jobs as a result of the annexation and those decisions will be made over the next several months, and a transition team is looking at a number of different ideas.

Both districts will end the first semester Dec. 22, Warren said.