We note a report in Arkansas Business magazine that Lyon College of Batesville wants to start two new schools that do not currently exist in Arkansas. He is considering the possibility of opening a dental school in the Little Rock area, and a school of veterinary medicine. Establishing a school of dentistry seems to have better prospects at the moment, but either would be a big hurdle. UAMS considered establishing a dental school years ago, but decided not to go ahead. Lyon is a private college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church-USA and has approximately 600 students. It claims to have a bit more flexibility in how it can get things done than a state college. We are all for the creation of a school of veterinary medicine in Arkansas. We just think it must be at Southern Arkansas University. Vet school is a pretty expensive buy-in — in the range of $100-150 million last time we checked. Probably unlikely for SAU unless a philanthropist who wants their name on the door steps forward with a big donation. If there is no money for the UA system or an independent like SAU to establish a veterinary school, one wonders how far Lyon College will go.
It was the week in which Arkansas Business ranked Arkansas four- and two-year colleges by enrollment. Enrollment at Southern Arkansas University last fall was 4,434, a change of 0.0% from the previous year. This was actually good news as 11 of the 24 four-year schools lost enrollment – including five of the seven schools with more enrollment than SAU. SAU is second only to Harding, which has 4,879 students.
Registration among two-year schools, according to Arkansas Business: No. 14, UA Hope-Texarkana, 1,191, down 5.6%. No. 15, South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado, 1,132, down 5.7%. No. 21, SAU-Tech, 932, up 21.2% (second best among 23 two-year-olds).
It didn’t go unnoticed that Magnolia High’s art department created the new stage set for the McNeil Festival on track.
Ten years ago we reported that a story by Central Central student Brantley Cox appeared in Weekly Reader, which is distributed to schools across the country. Click here to read the article.
The answer is 42.
It was a surprise when we read it, or maybe we knew it but had forgotten it. There is a provision in Arkansas law that allows municipal councils or courts of quorum to create property tax miles for certain purposes, the payment of such taxes being voluntary. There is a county in Arkansas where people can choose to pay a property tax mile for beaver eradication. Another county gives people the option of paying a property tax for a sterilization program. Other uses are possible, as Kristin Higgins of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture System noted in an article we published on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether a local organization could appeal to a city council or the Court of Quorum to create a voluntary tax for specific purposes. Click here to read the article.
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