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.