LITTLE ROCK — Residents of the Jacksonville area will get their own school district.

LITTLE ROCK — Residents of the Jacksonville area will get their own school district.


According to unofficial election results from the Pulaski County Election Commission, voters in Jacksonville and northern Pulaski County overwhelmingly approved a proposal Tuesday to detach from the Pulaski County Special School District and create a new district. The vote was 95 percent for the proposal and 5 percent against.


The state Board of Education ordered an election in March after receiving a petition signed by 2,709 residents of the area, exceeding the 1,808 signatures — a number equal to 10 percent of the registered voters in the area — needed to support holding an election.


The Pulaski County Special School District, which is under state control because of fiscal distress, did not oppose the detachment.


Only residents of the area to be detached from the Pulaski County district could vote in the election, which was held at the same time as the regular school election.


The new district is expected to remain under the control of the Pulaski County district initially, but the state Education Board will appoint a seven-member advisory board to oversee the transition to a separate district. Eventually, a school board will be elected by residents of the district, and the board will then hire a superintendent.