Michael Poore Will Succeed Baker Kurrus as LRSD Superintendent in July

Picture of Michael Poore

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key announced today that Michael Poore has been named the Little Rock School District superintendent
effective July 1. 

Poore is currently the superintendent of the Bentonville School District, a position he has held since June 2011.  He will succeed current Superintendent Baker Kurrus, whose contract expires at the end of June.

“A year ago Baker Kurrus was willing to take on an enormous task, and what he has accomplished since taking the reins last May has set a solid foundation for the future,” Key said. “He has restored trust, empowered educators, and improved communication and accountability. Under Baker’s leadership there has been a renewed focus on teaching and learning. He has led the district in preparing for the future in the areas of facilities and finances. He was the right person to lead LRSD during a critical time of uncertainty. Michael Poore is a strong instructional leader who will build on the foundation that Baker has established. As an administrator, Mike has developed initiatives through which educators, administrators and communities have worked collaboratively to impact student achievement. He is the right person to lead LRSD in the next steps toward achieving academic excellence throughout the district.”

In a message to staff today, Kurrus said, “While there will be a change in leadership, that does not change the substance of our work, nor our mission.  Let’s keep our eye on the prize.  I will do all I can to support the new administration during this important transition and will continue to work in the spirit of cooperation to support public education, LRSD in particular. I know that you will join me in remaining positive about the hopes for and future of LRSD.  We all are in this together. “

Poore received a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in history and teacher education) from Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colo., Master of Arts (majoring in curriculum and instruction and educational leadership) from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and an educational specialist degree from Harding University at Searcy.

He is a member of several organizations, including the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, Rotary Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Alliance of School Administration.

To read the entire news announcement from ADE regarding Mr. Poore’s selection, click here.

The video of today’s press conference featuring Mr. Key andMr. Kurrus is available on ADE's YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=002rXAykNfc