Statement from LRSD Supt. Baker Kurrus Regarding LRSD-LREA Contract

The following is a statement issued today by Superintendent Baker Kurrus regarding the contract between the Little Rock School District and the Little Rock Education Association:

The Little Rock School District has a contract with the Little Rock Education Association (LREA) that runs through October 31, 2015.  I am in the process of negotiating with the Little Rock Education Association with respect to the period which extends beyond that contract. I appreciate, value and respect my LREA colleagues at LRSD.  We are working cooperatively at this time to further the best interests of our students and our school district.  Our teachers and other support personnel are critical to the success of our students.  I will be negotiating with the leadership of LREA.  I will not be negotiating by or through blog posts or other social media.

Our district faces a number of challenges which will require major changes in almost every facet of LRSD operations.  I believe these changes will improve student outcomes while strengthening the district in the long run.

My goals for LRSD will be to continue to offer great opportunities for students while also allowing professional educators and staff to have fulfilling, rewarding careers.

Baker Kurrus

To read the draft of the proposed agreement:


To read the current agreement:

Teachers (PDF)


All LRSD High Schools— 8:45 am – 3:50 pm

To accommodate the move from A-B block scheduling to a seven-period day an additional 5 minutes has been added to the school day at all high schools in the district. PLEASE NOTE: There is a typo in the student calendar, which INCORRECTLY lists the secondary school schedule as 8:45-3:55. Also, the schedule for grades 9-12 at Hamilton Learning Academy will be 8:45 am - 3:45 pm while the schedule for grades 6-8 will be 7:30 am – 2:30 pm.

The move to a seven-period day offers many advantages to student learning including more time with instructors. J.A. Fair, Hall and McClellan high schools will move to a seven-period day beginning this school year. Central, Parkview and Hamilton Learning Academy will keep the A-B Block Schedule and use the additional 5 minutes for announcements and to ensure a smooth transition between classes.

All LRSD middle schools except Horace Mann will have the same start and end time as last year— 8:45 am – 3:45 pm. Horace Mann will start five minutes earlier at 8:40 am but will also end at 3:45 pm.

Back to School Meet and Greet Events

The following list includes LRSD schools that will host back-to-school events.  We will update as information continues to come in:

Wednesday, August 5 (Last names A-L) and Thursday, August 6 (Last names M-Z), 9am-12noon
Warrior Academy (Freshman Orientation) Hall High School

Thursday, August 6
Back to School Bash Otter Creek Elementary 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
(Note:  this is the first of two planned events for Otter Creek)

Statement from LRSD Supt. Baker Kurrus Regarding Recent Playground Fires

August 4, 2015

Statement by LRSD Superintendent Baker Kurrus

Little Rock School District personnel are working with authorities to determine the causes of the two recent playground fires at Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy and Franklin Elementary School.  Each case appears to have been arson.  These deliberate acts are senseless.  The children at both of these schools are temporarily deprived of the opportunity to play on the equipment.    The damages are being assessed at this time.  Preliminary loss estimates are in the range of $225,000.   The damaged areas of the playgrounds are closed.  The adjoining areas which are undamaged are being used in accordance with past practices to the extent possible.

Contrary to previous reports, no determination with respect to insurance coverage has been made.  The school district is not soliciting donations at this time.  The district has offered a reward of $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Anyone with any information regarding these acts should call the Little Rock Fire Marshal at 501-918-3710.


Back-to-School and Meet-and-Greet Events

Don't forget Check-in tomorrow and Tuesday, August 3-4, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  If you have an assignment letter, check in at your assigned school; if not, or if you are new to the district, visit the Student Registration office at 501 Sherman Street.

The following list includes LRSD schools that will host back-to-school events.  We will update as information continues to come in:

Dads Take Your Child to School Day is August 17

Once again the first day of school we are asking all dads to take your child to school. Enter the Facebook Photo Contest for a chance to win great prizes!

Here’s how it works:
1. Dads and father figures take your child (Pre-K -12th) to school on the first day of school, August 17.  
2. Snap a photo with your cell phone or camera of you with  your child at school (photo must be taken on school grounds with a current LRSD student).
3. Upload your photo to LRSD’s Facebook photo contest page by midnight August 17. Click here to enter the contest, vote, or view the gallery.  Here's the shareable link: You may also enter via Twitter, or Instagram using #LRSDdad but you must have your PROFILE SET TO PUBLIC for this method to work. You must also send the following information to 1. Dad's name 2. Valid email address (we prefer dad's email) 3. Twitter, Instagram handle/name used to enter the contest 4. valid telephone number. This information will only be used to contact winners.
4. Invite your Facebook friends to vote for your photo before the contest closes on Wed., Aug. 26 using this link:  LIKES ARE NOT CALCULATED AS VOTES.

The top 25 will receive invitations to the 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon on September 4. Another 25 Dads will be randomly selected to receive "wild card" invitations.The Dad with the most votes will receive a technology prize. All prizes will be distributed at the 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon. You must be present to collect a prize.

If you experience any problems you may email or call 447-1032. We will try to respond to everyone within 24 hours. LRSD reserves the right to remove any entries or comments deemed inappropriate.

Important Upcoming Events for August

Please take a moment to review the 2015-2016 student calendar page for the month of August below. You'll find many important dates including Check In, 6th and 9th grade orientations, the first day of school and Dads Take Your Child to School Day. To view the entire calendar, click here. Student calendars will be distributed at Check In—August 3-4, 10 am - 7 pm. Click here to view the entire 2015-2016 student calendar.




Straight Talk by Baker Kurrus, June 26, 2015


I just left a meeting of the eight incoming principals who were recently appointed.  I told them that they were an outstanding group, and they are.  Six of the new principals will work in elementary schools or early childhood centers.   One thing the principals and I discussed was the transition of their students to middle school.   I have spent some time examining the readiness of our sixth-graders for middle school.  Far too many are not prepared.  We have one middle school where less than 49.5% of the students are proficient or advanced in math and literacy.  At another middle school, 46% percent of the students entering sixth grade last year were not proficient in literacy.  Sixty percent were not proficient in math.  We need to eradicate these problems, root and branch, both in the early grades and thereafter.  We will do all we can in every grade, but we simply must kill these problems at the root.    

FHSA, McDermott and Fulbright Land on Top in myOn Reading Challenge

The results for the 2014-2015 myOn Reading Challenge are in and Forest Heights STEM Academy won the top spot with 23,579 books read. McDermott earned the number two spot with 21,259 books read and Fulbright came in third with 18,952 books read.

LRSD Slated to Open 15 New Pre-K Classrooms this Fall

The Little Rock School District is pleased to announce that it will be adding 15 new P-4 (four-year-old) classrooms for qualifying students in the 2015-16 school year. In addition to families meeting the criteria listed in the chart found on the flyer, the student must be four by August 1, 2015.  Click here to download the flyer in English - en Espanol

The new seats will be available at Woodruff Early Childhood Center and Bale, Booker, Carver, Franklin, Geyer Springs, Rockefeller, Romine, Stephens, and Washington  elementary schools. Registration will be held at Woodruff Early Childhood Center, 3010 W. 7th on the following dates:

  • June 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 24, 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • June 25, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

To register, qualifying families must bring:
Birth Certificate or Proof of Birth
Child's Social Security Card or Number
Current Proof of Address (utility bill or rental agreement with parent/guardian's name )
Current Proof of Income (pay stub from previous 30 days or 2014 W-2)

If your child has already been assigned a pre-K seat, he or she will remain at his/her assigned school.

LRSD Spring 2015 Newsletter

                                   Click here to read the LRSD Spring 2015 Newsletter

                                              Click here to read the LRSD Spring 2015 Newsletter

LRSD Security Officer Showcases Jefferson Jammers


This past fall, LRSD Safety and Security Officer Chad Henson began mentoring aspiring student musicians at the school where he is assigned, Jefferson Elementary.  Now, after six months of honing their horn skills, the talented students showcased their talents in an end-of-the-year musical performance on Tuesday, June 9th.


You may recall that Henson wanted to make a difference in the lives of students at Jefferson through music, but did not have instruments or the means to acquire them. Henson contacted the non-profit organization Art Porter Music Education, Inc. (APME) for help.  


The request aligned perfectly with APME's mission - to provide scholarships and to enhance reading, language and mathematical skills and other learning experiences" for students through music. Henson and some of Jefferson's fifth graders were on full display for a concert to remember.

LRSD Students Excel In Destination Imagination Competition

Students from Booker Arts Magnet and Pulaski Heights Middle School were among four LRSD schools that  participated in the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals in Knoxville, TN from May 19th - 23rd.

Booker Arts Magnet Jackson's Jaguars team placed 16th out of 82 teams competing in the scientific challenge, Making Waves. The team had to design and construct an incredible sound machine that produces two different sounds. They also created and integrated two visible displays of sound waves into the presentation. The end result allowed them to create and present a story that included a change to a faster or slower narrative pace.

Keeping Active Students Healthy

LRSD Health Services Department recommends regular physicals for students of the Little Rock School District..  Regular physicals are required by the state and needed for many recreation programs.  Physicals can also often help detect and treat medical issues when they are just getting started and therefore easier to treat.

Free physicals are being offered Saturday at:
2015 Community Health & Wellness Expo
St. John Baptist Church | 2501 S. Main, Little Rock, AR
Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Six Little Rock Schools Honored with Reward Funding

Six Little Rock Schools Honored with Reward Funding

By Communications Intern Jasmine Threatt with contributions from Tiffany Kidd

State legislators joined LRSD Superintendent Baker Kurrus this week in handing out ceremonial checks to district winners in the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program.  Six of the 215 schools being recognized statewide as high performing and gaining are in the Little Rock School District:   

  • Forest Park Elementary
  • Gibbs Magnet Elementary
  • Terry Elementary
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Don Roberts Elementary
  • Williams Magnet Elementary

LRSD Joins myON in Support of 24/7 National Reading Challenge

In a joint partnership, the Little Rock School District and representatives of myON, a digital literacy platform, announced local participation in a national reading challenge that promotes convenient opportunities for reading wherever students are. LRSD administrators created a vision to fully integrate technology within the curriculum in the spring of 2013 to ensure all students are reading at or above grade level.  The level of commitment from initial pilot to district wide implementation throughout the 30 plus elementary schools exceeded expectations. With access to thousands of digital titles, Little Rock students are reading more, becoming more engaged and more confident in their ability to read.

Little Rock School District, which serves approximately 25,000 students, in 31 elementary and seven middle schools, is committed to raising academic achievement throughout the district. In order to accomplish this, administrators are providing several technology tools, as well as unlimited access to myON’s books to encourage reading in and out of school to ensure that all students are reading at grade level by the 3rd grade.

Free Summer Meals Program Kick Off

On Thursday, May 26, Patty Barker of the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, LRSD Supt. Baker Kurrus and representatives from the Dept. of Education and Dept. of Human Services gathered at Mabelvale Elementary to kick off the 2015 USDA Summer Food Service Program in Arkansas. The annual event focuses awareness on the importance of providing free meals to children from families who might otherwise not get enough nutritious food during the summer. Of the 250,000 Arkansas children who are eligible for free and reduced price lunch, 85% are NOT getting summer meals.

To find a location near you, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or go to Open to ALL CHILDREN, 18 and younger at no cost; no enrollment required.

Arkansas has one of the highest rates of child hunger in the nation, with more than 1 in 4 children struggling with hunger. In the summer of 2014, Summer Food Service Program sponsors served more than 4 million meals at over 1,200 sites across the state.

ARP (ACT Readness Program) offered at Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School

ARP (ACT Readiness Program) will be offered again this year from June 19 – July 10, 2015 at Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School. Rising 10-12th grades students who have taken the ACT, PLAN or EXPLORE and wish to improve their score are eligible. The program is offered five days per week from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. The program reviews subject areas covered on the ACT and gives students extensive test-taking practice. There is no charge for the course.  However, transportation is not provided.

Please fill out the following forms at this link:

Civic Advisory Committee Meeting — May 26, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

LRSD Civic Advisory Committee Meeting 

May 26, 2015

LRSD Administration Building-Student Center

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Members of the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will hold a meeting today, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at  5 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Student Center at the LRSD Administration Building, 810 W. Markham St.