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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

School board filing today; a familiar face surfaces in Little Rock

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge JOY SPRINGER
  • JOY SPRINGER
Filing for September school board elections began today and continues for a week.

First in line in Little Rock: Joy Springer filed for the Zone 1 seat on the Little Rock School Board now held by Norma Jean Johnson. I've asked her about her re-election plans.

Springer is a long-time assistant to state Rep. John Walker, the civil rights lawyer who's been suing Little Rock for decades, both on desegregation and other issues. Springer has been a frequent presence in the school, observing them and requesting documents — often to the unhappiness of district officials.

Springer is among those seeking payments totaling more than $3.3 million for the desegregation team in the now completed Little Rock portion of the Pulaski desegregation case.  She was listed as working 4,753.13 hours and wants $125 an hour, or $594,141.

Given Walker's outspoken criticism of superintendent Dexter Suggs, I wouldn't expect Springer to run on a platform based on eliminating splits on the board concerning Suggs' recommendations that have tended to pit black against white board members.

No other candidates had filed by mid-afternoon in Little Rock.

UPDATE: Several incumbents in Little Rock and North Little Rock filed before the day was over. Also. Norma Jean Johnson informs me that she will seek re-election.

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