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Settlement Terms Reached in Decades Long Desegregation Case

A historic decision made by the Little Rock School District Board of Directors to end the three decade desegregation case.  Monday night the Board voted  to move forward with a settlement proposal that will phase out annual desegregation payments over the next four years - even if the Joshua Intervenors, who represent black students in the three Pulaski County School Districts, did not agree.   However, the Joshua Intervenors also agreed to the plan Monday.
 
This settlement gives the District definite dates and amounts of funding to be received and thus allows LRSD to strategically plan for the future.  “This is not going to be an easy task, but we are preparing to make the necessary changes to our District operations in order to stay financially solvent and educationally focused, “ said LRSD Chief Financial Officer Kelsey Bailey.  "Our goal will be to achieve the greatest operational efficiency possible while still providing a quality and equitable education to all our students."

Terms of the Settlement include among other items:
·         LRSD will receive $37,347,429 for the next four years (The fourth year funding is to be used only for academic facilities construction projects)
·         LRSD will receive the title to 108 State owned buses currently being utilized for M to M and Magnet transportation
·         LRSD is obligated to provide transportation to M to M and Magnet students through the 2016-2017 school year
·         LRSD will receive $250,000 for reimbursement of Legal Fees
·         LRSD will no longer be required to make $400,000 M to M pooling payment to PCSSD
·         LRSD remaining loan balance of $2,750,000 with the State will be forgiven

7 LRSD Schools Earn Achieving Status, Wilson Named Exemplary

LRSD tops the list for most schools with the “achieving” designation in a three-way tie with Fort Smith and Springdale School Districts.  One of the district’s seven achieving schools, Wilson Elementary, had the added distinction of being one of only nine schools in Arkansas to earn the coveted “exemplary” status.

 

LRCH Senior Has His Eye on the Prize During National Siemens Competition

Ayush Saraswat, a senior from Little Rock Central High School has been named a Semifinalist in the 2013 Siemens Competition for Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students. Saraswat’s submission was his science fair project titled “MEye”, which allows people with disabilities to use a computer with their eyes.  Saraswat is among 331 incredible students recognized as a Siemens semifinalist and the only student from Arkansas.

The 2013 Siemens Competition generated unprecedented participation, showcasing students’ growing interest in science, math and technology subjects. A record 2,440 students registered for this year’s competition with a total of 1,599 projects submitted for consideration.

LRSD Launches One-to-One Laptop Initiative

 

 

 

The Little Rock School District announced an exciting new 1:1 (one-to-one) technology initiative Tuesday to be piloted at four elementary schools. The initiative will put laptops in the hands of 4-5th grade students at Gibbs, Forest Park, Otter Creek and Roberts Elementary schools starting in January, 2014.

LRSD Complying with New State Law Banning E-cigarettes

The Little Rock School District has begun placing informational stickers at the entrances of all public school campuses and buildings to indicate the ban on electronic or e-cigarettes. This was done in compliance with Act 1099, passed during 2013’s regular legislative session, prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes on all public school properties. In the act, e-cigarettes are defined as “electronic oral devices” which provide a vapor of nicotine or another substance used to simulate smoking. This restriction applies to all adults and all students. 

 Act 1451, also passed during the 2013 legislative session, prohibits minors from purchasing and possessing e-cigarettes. A detailed description of the acts is available on the Arkansas Legislature’s website at www.arkleg.state.ar.us.

 

Get Your Insurance and Benefits Questions Answered at Forums

Attention LRSD Employees:

If you have questions about Open Enrollment for Benefits and Open Enrollment for Major Medical Health Insurance, you are encouraged to attend meetings listed below for more information.

LRSD Continues to Make Measurable Progress Closing the Achievement Gap

The District is proud to announce the achievement gap between African-American students and their white, non-Hispanic peers has narrowed in 13 out of the 15 areas tested with Benchmark and End-of-Course Exams during the period from 2009 through 2013. The tested areas were literacy and math in grades 3-8 and Algebra, Geometry and 11th grade literacy at the high school level.  The District narrowed the gap by double-digits in literacy at grades 4, 5, and 6.  The largest reduction in the gap was 17 percentage points in grade 4 literacy. The reduction in the District’s achievement gap paralleled that of the state as a whole. The only tested areas where the gap widened were in grades 5 and 6 math, which occurred at both the district and state levels. 
 
Click here for the full report.
 
About the Achievement Gap
The achievement gap in education refers to the disparity in academic performance between groups of students, according to Education Week. It is most often used to describe the troubling performance gaps between African-American and their non-Hispanic white peers. After the passage of No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, closing the achievement gap became a focus of education accountability.

LRSD Announces New FOIA Webpage

Announcing the Launch of LRSD FOIA Webpage

As part of the New Little Rock School District’s “We Promise” commitment, the District will launch its new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) webpage on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. 

At the click of a button, the core features of this impressive webpage will:

LRSD Flu Clinic

This year, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), LRSD is holding Flu Immunization clinics in schools to provide flu vaccine for students and staff. Click here for the Flu Clinic schedule (Pago 2 en Español). Click here for Vaccine Information Statements for both vaccine types and consent forms (ADH & school district) in English. Haga clic aquí para leer español

It is very important that you follow through with the steps required so that your child can be protected from the flu.

 

 

Facebook Photo Contest Winner Pays It Forward

It was a fierce battle for first place between Carlos Wallace and David Davault in LRSD’s Dads Take Your Child to School Facebook Photo Contest. Both described their participation in the contest as exciting, fun and at times a little stressful. In the end, Carlos Wallace edged out David Davault by a mere 37 votes.

The top 50 winners of the contest enjoyed a special luncheon, provided by Chick-fil-A with Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs. The following businesses donated prizes: ParentLink, Washington Barber College, Cajun’s Wharf, Capers, Copper Grill, Hearne Fine Art, United Way and LRSD Parent Involvement. Each father/male role model received a gift bag full of goodies.

After Wallace collected the grand prize of the iPad mini, he shared with the group that he had big plans for it. He announced that he would offer it to the student at his church with the best grades who also maintained outstanding moral character throughout the year.  

LRSD’s Dads Take Your Child to School Day was a resounding success! Fathers and male role models came out in huge numbers to show their support for student education on the first day of school. We applaud each and every one of you. You all truly are fantastic fathers.

Here are the names, rank and total votes for the top 50 winners:

1 (1658) Carlos Wallace
2 (1621) David Davault
3 (856) Keith McGee, Sr.

Help LRSD Fight Truancy, call 447-SKIP

Truancy or skipping school has ramifications that are costly and far-reaching for the student, the school, the district and the entire community.

Research indicates that school attendance is the single most critical factor in school success and student achievement. Good attendance results in higher standardized test scores, higher student achievement, on-time promotion from one grade to the next, and higher graduation rates.

Holly Brown Named Among 16 Regional Finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Governor Mike Beebe joined Arkansas Department of Education officials this week in recognizing the 16 regional finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the year and Little Rock School District’s own Holly Brown was among them.

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell hosted the salute to the outstanding educators at the capitol, honoring them for work they do on behalf of the state’s students.  “Arkansas teachers are among the best in the country,” said Kimbrell.

Brown, a veteran educator, currently serves as a Literacy Coach at Terry Elementary and was named LRSD’s Teacher of the Year for 2013.  As one of the 16 regional finalists, she was awarded a $1,000 check from the Walton Family Foundation.

Congratulations to all of the honorees but LRSD is especially proud of Holly Brown.

For more information, go to http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/communications/teacher-of-the-year.

Two LRSD Elementary Schools Score High Marks on Benchmark

                       

The Little Rock School District is pleased to have two elementary schools named among High-Achieving “Overall” schools in Arkansas based on the 2013 Benchmark Performance.  Don R. Roberts and Forest Park Elementary Schools were named 5th and 6th respectively.

In a recent Arkansas Education Report, elementary and middle schools with outstanding academic performance on the Arkansas Benchmark exams were highlighted. The exams in math and literacy were administered this past April to 3-8th grade students. 

"We are proud of our students, teachers, staff and parent support for their dedicated work ethic to achieve their very best every day. Ranked among the top 10 schools in the state of Arkansas is definitely, the fruit of our labor," said Theresa Ketcher, principal of Forest Park.

"This honor is a true reflection of the dedication and commitment of our staff working together to ensure success for all children, " added Barbara Anderson, principal at Roberts.

School Board Elections

School Board Elections are Sept 17th, 2013

Early Voting is Tuesday Sept 10th to Monday Sept 16 (no weekend voting) from 8am to 5pm.

Links:

Vote Pulaski Web Page
www.votepulaski.net

Early vote schedule
http://www.votepulaski.net/Elections/20130917%20ASE/09172013%20EarlyVotingSchedule.pdf

Mobile Dental Unit Helps Rockefeller Put Children First

 

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a 40-foot, state-of-the-art, fully equipped dental clinic that recently visited Rockefeller Elementary School and Early Childhood Center. We recognize that good attendance is vital to the success of our students. When dental services can be offered at school, students don’t miss valuable instructional time. 

 

Dentists, hygienists, and assistants from Arkansas Children’s Hospital staff the Care Mobile. ACH Dental Outreach provides free dental care, such as cleanings and extractions, for students. They also provide referrals for children that require more extensive treatment.

 

Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary would like to say thank you to ACH Dental Outreach, Rockefeller Nurse Erika Mason, Dentist Dr. Courtney Johnson, Coordinator Lacoya Stewart and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas for helping us to put children first.

Improve Your App-titude With Brief ParentLink Tutorial

LRSD is excited to offer you the New Little Rock School District App, which you can download by watching a brief tutorial video for instructions, attached to this link.  It’s free and you’ll be able to take the District with you on your smartphones wherever you go – meaning, you won’t have to be tethered to a laptop or desktop to stay in touch.  The app also offers a push notification, if you choose to utilize that feature.  For Spanish-speaking parents and patrons, the app will automatically convert to Spanish, if that is the default language on their phones.   

Helpful First Day Information

School Schedules

 Elementary Schools

7:40am - 2:25pm

Booker Arts Magnet

Chicot, Fair Park ECC

Franklin, Fulbright

Geyer Springs

M.L. King

Otter Creek

Roberts

Romine

Terry

Wakefield

Williams Traditional Magnet

Wilson

Woodruff ECC

 

7:50am - 2:35pm

Bale

Baseline

Brady

Carver Basic Skills/Math/Science Magnet

Dodd

2013-14 School Year Kicks Off with New Superintendent's Reminder - Children Come First!

The new superintendent, Dr. Dexter Suggs, ushers in the 2013-2014 school year at the Little Rock School District with a motivational message to District employees reminding them that ‘children come first.’  Dr. Suggs shared his vision for the District during a day-long convocation at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet where he unveiled his ten Cultural Imperatives. The imperatives will serve as guiding principles to support students and promote academic success. The Cultural Imperatives are:

  1. Children come first!
  2. All employees are accountable for student acheivement that meets or exceeds state standards.
  3. All employees will demonstrate professionalism and integrity.
  4. Student success is the only option.
  5. Potential is discovered and nurtured.
  6. An academically rigorous environment is evident in all classrooms.
  7. Communication is clear, open, and timely.
  8. Students, parents, families, and community members are essential partners.
  9. Diversity is valued as demonstrated by culturally competent practices.
  10. Facilities are safe, clean, secure and inviting. 

LRSD Extracurricular Activities Now Available to Home-Schooled Students

Home-schooled students in grades 7-12, whose parent/guardians are legal residents of the District, are eligible to participate in interscholastic activities at the school in the student’s designated attendance zone. Students who meet LRSD policy provisions, Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) rules, and applicable Arkansas laws will have an equal opportunity to try out and participate in activities without discrimination. However, participation is not guaranteed. Participating students will be governed by the rules and regulations outlined in LRSD’s Student Handbook.

Interested students must complete and submit an application to your attendance zone principal.

 

Click here to determine your designated attendance zone school.

Click here to review the policy and determine eligibility.

Click here for the application.

Role of the LRSD School Board

The public expects high standards of its elected officials, and school board service is no exception. Arkansas school board members are expected to act in the best interests of students, parents, staff and other community residents. They should be aware of and follow the laws that address nepotism and conflict of interest, and they must file financial disclosure forms.

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