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Local Restaurants Kick Off "Restaurants Give Back" Holiday Food Drive for Little Rock School District Students

Group aims to provide food for students in need while out of school for the holidays

LITTLE ROCK – The Little Rock Kitchen Cabinet, a group of local restaurant owners and operators, joined Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore Thursday to kick off the “Restaurants Give Back” food drive aimed at ensuring students in the District have plenty to eat while out of school for the upcoming holiday break.  Participating restaurants will serve as drop-off locations for food items December 9 – December 15.

“Unfortunately, we know that for many of our students, the breakfast and lunch they receive at school may be the only meal they get during the day,” said Poore.  “We want to make sure that for the two weeks they are out of school for the holidays, they have food items they can prepare at home.  We are grateful for our Little Rock restaurant partners and to their patrons throughout our community for stepping up to the plate to help with this important effort during such a busy time of year,” he added.

Let's Chat - #LRSD Listens Twitter Town Hall Wednesday Night

#LRSDListens

Twitter Town Hall

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Don’t have Twitter?  Tune in to LRSD TV (Comcast Channel 4 or U-Verse Channel 99).  To join the conversation, leave a comment or question on our Comment Form:  #LRSDListens

Please send questions/comments that pertain to the topics being discussed.

 

How to Chat

If you have a Twitter account, log on and
  use #LRSDListens to be directed to the
  conversation

Introduce yourself and share how you're
  connected to the district

We will introduce 5 questions - 1-at-a-time
  referring to questions using Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 and Q5

When you respond to the individual questions, use
  A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5

Share this information with your friends and let's get "tweeting" at 7:30 p.m.!

The Best of the Best Basketball Talent Featured at Upcoming Jammin' for Jackets Tournament

               

December 6, 2016 - Support central Arkansas student-athletes and cheer on LRSD basketball players at the Jammin' for Jackets tournament, December 8-10! Admission is $8/person/day or you may purchase a 3-day pass for $20 on the first day of the tournament,Thursday, December 8. Teams from J.A. Fair, Hall, McClellan, Parkview, Central, Mills, Bryant, and Episcopal Collegiate will compete for the coveted Jammin' for Jackets Championship title.

Proceeds from the tournament assist with the purchase of letter jackets for Central Arkansas athletes for all sports, not just basketball. Over the past 15 years, nearly 5500 jackets have been issued, free of charge, to student athletes.

LRSD Welcomes New Staff Attorney

The Little Rock School District is pleased to announce the selection of its new staff attorney, Eric F.Walker of Little Rock.

 As attorney for LRSD, Walker will provide legal guidance on a full spectrum of education law issues and advise the District's administration on all legal matters related to the operations of the District. He will also serve, on behalf of the superintendent, as the primary contact for LRSD's assigned law firm and will combine his considerable experience with their efforts.

Walker most recently served as Assistant Dean of Career Services at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He brings a wealth of experience to the District, having previously served as legal counsel for Windstream Communications and Philander Smith College, Assistant Attorney General for two divisions at the Arkansas Attorney General's office, and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Little Rock.

Important Reminder: Change in Dates for Semester Exams

 

In order to have consecutive, uninterrupted days of testing for the upcoming semester exams, the decision has been made to change the test dates to Tuesday - Friday, December 13-16, 2016. This will allow testing to occur within the same week.   Monday, December 19, 2016, will serve as a make-up test day, if necessary.  As a reminder, the new dates are also posted on the district’s online calendar. 

Please contact your school’s administration if you have any questions.  Thank you in advance for your support. 

LRSD Zone and Community Meetings Update

        

The Little Rock School District wishes to thank all those who participated in Wednesday night’s (November 9) Zone 1 meeting.  Approximately 200 stakeholders were in attendance, which is a positive indication of the passion stakeholders have for LRSD students and schools. 

Six additional zone meetings will occur over the next two months.

Zone meetings will be held on the following dates: 

Date

Zone

Time

Location

Address

Nov. 9, 2016    

Zone 1 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Dunbar Community Center

1001 W. 16th Street

Nov. 14, 2016

Zone 2 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Stephens Community Center

3720 W. 18th Street

Nov. 16, 2016 

Zone 3 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church

4823 Woodlawn

Nov. 28, 2016

Zone 4 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Fulbright Elementary

300 Pleasant Valley Dr.

Nov. 29, 2016

Zone 5 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Henderson Middle School

401 John Barrow Rd.

Dec. 1, 2016

Zone 6 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Greater Second Baptist Church

5615 Geyer Springs

Dec. 6, 2016 

Zone 7 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Southwest Community Center

6401 Baseline Rd.

 

These meetings are designed for stakeholders to have additional opportunities to share input about the current proposals.  During the zone meetings, stakeholders will work in groups at tables, studying data about each school, along with rationale about proposed cuts, and provide feedback or recommendations. 

Please click here to see the agenda for tonight's meeting:
Discussion Guide

Facilities Utilization Zone Meetings - Comments and Input, Current to Zone 6 Meeting December 1st

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Facilities Planning Document - 11.28.16

Community Input - From November 9th - November 16, 2016

Community Input - November 9, 2016

Community participation has been solicited the following ways:

  • October 17-23, 2016 – Online survey among LRSD stakeholders
  • November 3, 2016 – Updated budget proposal presented to the community
  • November 9, 2016 – School Zone 1 meeting held to gather additional feedback on updated proposal
  • November –December, 2016 – Ongoing School Zone meetings
     

Stakeholder feedback, gathered at the zone meetings, will be compiled at the end of each session, shared during upcoming meetings, and posted on the lrsd.org website.  Following the last school zone meeting, community members will prioritize proposed cuts based upon list of updated recommendations.

  • Prioritized list will be presented to the LRSD Community Advisory Board
  • Community meetings will be held within the affected school communities during which time stakeholders will have an opportunity to voice their concerns.   Those meetings will occur on the following dates, if necessary:

Date

January 4, 2017
January 9, 2017
January 10, 2017
January 11, 2017

The final budget recommendations will be made to Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key.   

Stakeholders may attend any of the meetings.  Please continue to check the lrsd.org website for updates. 

LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore Updates Community on Budget and Facilities

November 3, 2016 - The Little Rock School District family embraced a theme at the beginning of this school year that is more important now than ever before – and that is “The Power of Us.”  We are continuing our stakeholder meetings to get input on the budget.  While no decisions have been made regarding possible school closures, the names of five schools that may be impacted by upcoming budget decisions were released:  Carver, Franklin, Hamilton, Wilson, and Woodruff.  It should be emphasized that no final decisions have been made regarding these sites.

Today, Superintendent Poore held a series of information meetings along with a news conference to update school and community leadership on current utilization of our existing facilities. Additionally, parents and staff of the impacted schools also received this information. Superintendent Poore has asked that we make the budget and facilities report available to all on the LRSD.Org web site. 

Please remember these are draft documents that reflect a work in progress, and you still have time to share your input.  Also, please make plans to attend zone meetings that will begin next week – those dates are listed below:

Budget Update 11.3.16

Facilities Planning - Working Document

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Zone Meetings Dates -  [en Español]  

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