The state Board of Education has cleared the way for Baker Kurrus to be named the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District, voting to waive hiring requirements for a district administrator. The board voted 7-0 in a special meeting this afternoon. One board member, Joe Black, was not present; chairman Sam Ledbetter did not vote. The board will hire the new superintendent tomorrow.
Five years into the exploration for natural gas in the Fayetteville Shale, most Arkansans know about the hydraulic fracturing process and its links to environmental havoc, including poisoned wells and radioactive wastewater in various parts of the United States and increased earthquakes here in Arkansas. Now, a mushrooming side industry is beginning to attract national attention.