The Conway School Board of Education received a report Tuesday night from Tom Courtway, chairman of the district’s 2012 millage committee.

Courtway said 25 community members who represent the "cross sections of the district" were selected to make up the committee, which is registered with the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

The committee meets regularly as a whole, and in three sub-divided committees for logistics, advertising and fundraising. Subcommittee heads are Jan Spann, Lori Case and Blake Browning, respectively.

Between now and September’s ballot, which includes a proposed millage increase of 1.9 mills, the committee will work to move information, raise money and advertise for the district.

The increase would allow funds to service the debt associated with the construction of a new elementary school and the reconstruction of the Conway High School-West campus, both prospects of the district’s 2012 plan.

"It is my opinion and the committee’s opinion that this is a prudent and fiscally sound plan," Courtway said. "Regardless of the second high school debate, the current high school’s renovations are necessary."

The board approved the sale of its property, currently home of the Adult Education Center and the school’s food services at 615 East Robins St. to Independent Living Services for $850,000.

The contract agreed upon by both parties includes a contingency that states the contract may be cancelled by the district if September’s proposed millage increase is unsuccessful.

"It’s possible but we don’t anticipate that happening," superintendent Greg Murry said.

A list of committee members and the group’s financial reports are available at the Arkansas Ethics Commission website at, subheading BQC/LQC Filings.

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