States News Roundup
The Floyd County, Ky., school system has convinced the state board of education not to take it over on account of academic bankruptcy.
The board dropped plans to assume control of the district after hearing testimony from its new superintendent, school-board members, and parents about the progress being made, officials said.
The district, which state officials said had corrected 81 of 172 problem areas, volunteered to undergo a curriculum audit as part of a new pilot project of the education department. It also will be subject to continued close monitoring by state officials, said Gordon Nichols, an agency spokesman.
The state board voted in July to assume control of the financial affairs of neighboring Pike County, under a 1985 law authorizing state takeovers. Floyd County would have been the first to have the state assume control of all district operations because of its poor instructional programs.
A massive solid-waste dump proposed to be built near Edgemont, S.D., could provide a financial windfall to local schools.
The proposal faces opposition, however, from Gov. George Mickelson, who worries his state could become the nation's waste dump.
Hunter S. Swanson, a businessman from Golden, Colo., has promised to give Edgemont $1 for each ton of garbage buried in the landfill. The project, which would accept waste from cities across the nation, could hold up to a million tons of garbage..
Town officials would split the payments equally with the local school board. They have embraced the project, Mr. Swanson said.