Sen. Clint Penzo, R-Springdale, is the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 206. If passed, it would mandate local school board elections to become partisan elections, among other amendments to the current laws around elections.
Last November, the Fayetteville School Board voted to accept a $1.86 million dollar cash offer from the Potter's House to buy the former Jefferson Elementary school campus, located in the heart of south Fayetteville's African-American district. The deal is expected to close in the coming months. The board considered eight prospects, including the nonprofit NWA Black Heritage which offered $1 dollar to acquire the property to anchor its planned Black Cultural Corridor.