North Little Rock: School Board to meet tonight

A special call meeting of the School Board for the North Little Rock School District is set for 5:30 p.m. tonight.

The meeting will also include a board workshop and the meeting agenda can be viewed by clicking here.

There’s three items on the agenda:

  • A resolution seeking support from the state legislature on mask mandate for the coming school year.

  • New personnel to be hired.

  • A purchase request of $354,343,40 for 380 iPads and playground equipment

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The resolution’s text says:

North Little Rock School Board of Education believes that local communities should be empowered to implement public-health precautions in collaboration with local health officials, including requiring masks, in order to keep their students and employees safe, and but for Act 1002, the North Little Rock School Board of Education would immediately institute a mask mandate for employees and students in all K-12 schools within the district in collaboration with local health officials,now therefore be it resolved that we, the North Little Rock School Board of Education,

  1. Urge all members of the Arkansas General Assembly to suspend, amend, or repeal Act 1002 and allow public school districts in Arkansas the flexibility to implement mask requirements as each locally elected school board deems necessary in collaboration with local health officials,

  2. Authorize our Superintendent, Dr. Gregory J. Pilewski, to advocate on behalf of the district for allowing the North Little Rock School Board of Education to institute a mask mandate at the start of the 2021-2022 school year,

  3. Strongly recommend that all of our students, their families, and our employees get vaccinated and follow all CDC guidelines in order to protect themselves and others.

The resolution doesn’t call for a lawsuit as Little Rock School District has done, and as other districts are considering. Masks will still be required on the district’s school buses through the end of the CDC order, that expires Sept. 13.

The personnel list wasn't available Thursday morning.

The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast on the district's YouTube channel.