School building assessment resumes

(March 16, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- A two-month delay in assessing the condition of Arkansas' 57-hundred school buildings is over.

Consultants had halted the two-point-three (m) million dollar project while the Legislature was in a 61-day special session on court-ordered education reforms.

A legislative task force overseeing the project decided that the survey is necessary to meet a court order by completely and accurately addressing conditions of the state's 80 (m) million square feet of kindergarten-though-12th grade public school facilities.

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that the state -- and not individual districts -- had to assess and potentially fix public school facilities if Arkansas' public school system were to comply with constitutional equity standards.