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Oak Park, Southeast schools to close

The Pine Bluff School Board of Directors approved a motion Tuesday to close Oak Park Elementary School and Southeast Middle School at the end of the current academic year because of declining enrollment and a subsequent drop in funding.

Correction

An article published Wednesday about the Pine Bluff School Board of Directors voting to close Oak Park Elementary School and Southeast Middle School incorrectly reported board member Andrea Roaf-Little’s vote. She voted for the closures.

Hanging in There

Western Waterproofing staff work at water-proofing the outside of the Simmons Bank headquarters Thursday afternoon in downtown Pine Bluff. (Special to The Commercial/Joe Dempsey)

Animal shelter construction

Contractors began work this week at the Pine Bluff animal shelter property. Cannon Contracting employee Allen Jones operated a vibrating roller Wednesday to smooth dirt and level the dirt on a parcel of land that was previously grass and trees. The city of Pine Bluff approved the construction of a new building and the upkeep of the existing building. Construction is scheduled for completion in December. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)