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: 






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

Description of Columns Headers

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 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:


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 website for updates. 

Fechas de la reunión de la zon

Reuniones Comience con las partes interesadas de LRSD para
Discutir la utilización de las instalaciones

Planificación de Instalaciones - Documento de Trabajo

Explicación de los encabezados de las columnas

16-17 Inscripción - La inscripción es a partir del 1 de octubre de 2016.

13-14 Matriculación - El Plan de Instalaciones de Fanning Howey enumera la matrícula de 2013-14.

Cambio de Inscripción de 3 Años - El cambio porcentual en la inscripción es de 2013-14 a 2016-17. Las escuelas con crecimiento de inscripción están en verde.

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:

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

Budget Update 11.3.16

Facilities Planning - Working Document

Description of Columns Headers -  [en Español]

Zone Meetings Dates -  [en Español]  

Flu Clinics are Scheduled for a School Near You

See the schedule below for the exact times and dates for Flu Clinics.  Students will receive a Flu Vaccine injection on the day of the school vaccine clinic if the parents have signed the two consent forms available in the school office: LRSD FERPA consent form and the Arkansas Department of Health/ Center for Disease Control vaccine consent form.

Click on this link to see a complete Flu Clinic Schedule

LRSD Flu Consent Form - English / Español

Arkansas Department of Health Consent Form English / Spanish

Meetings Begin with LRSD Stakeholders to Discuss Facilities Utilization

Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore has initiated a series of meetings to share the District’s plans for determining the best use of LRSD school facilities for the 2017-18 school year and beyond. The meetings began with a presentation Thursday, October 13, 2016, to the LRSD Community Advisory Board and the Arkansas Department of Education Board of Directors regarding proposed budget reductions for 2017-18, followed by an introduction to LRSD principals.  Included in the proposal was the potential closure of up to four elementary schools.

Thank You for Sharing Your Input on LRSD's Financial Future

Due to a loss in desegregation funds as part of the settlement agreement reached in 2014, LRSD will face a $37 million cut in revenue, annually, beginning in 2017-18.  Our goal is to determine the best way to handle this significant reduction in revenue while, at the same time prioritizing resources for the academic improvement of our students and provide for the financial stability of the district’s future.

Share Your Input on LRSDs Financial Future

Due to a loss in desegregation funds as part of the settlement agreement reached in 2014, LRSD will face a $37 million cut in revenue, annually, beginning in 2017-18.  Our goal is to determine the best way to handle this significant reduction in revenue while, at the same time prioritizing resources for the academic improvement of our students and provide for the financial stability of the district’s future.

Mateo Named Top 4 Semifinalist in Arkansas Teacher of the Year

September 28, 2016—Today, Emma Mateo, 2016 Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year, made the top four cut as a semifinalist in the 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year competition. Mateo was a special education teacher at Otter Creek Elementary School when she won the top honor for LRSD. She now works at the new west Little Rock middle school, Pinnacle View, where she serves as a member of the school’s leadership team and chairs the School Based Intervention Team in addition to her regular duties supporting the school’s English and math teachers in educating exceptional children. Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key recognized Mateo as both a regional finalist and statewide semifinalist in a special ceremony in the Old Supreme Court room at the Capitol.

School Officer Appreciation Day

(Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016) Happy National School Security Officer Appreciation Day!

Thank you for your service!

McClellan Homecoming Changed to Oct. 14

The McClellan High School Homecoming has been changed from the Friday, September 30 game against Mills, the annual Marshmallow Bowl, to the Friday, October 14 game against Beebe.

Governor's All-Region & All-State Coding Competitions Announced at Hall

September 16, 2016—  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the inaugural Governor's All-Region and All-State Coding Competition to an auditorium full of 11th grade students at Hall High School. Eight regional competitions will occur simultaneously across the state on Monday, November 7. Winners of the regional competitions will then compete at the state level for scholarships. Schools are permitted a specific number of teams based on enrollment and students compete in teams of three. Verizon is the sponsor for the prizes at the All-State Coding Competition.

1st Place: $2000/team member
2nd Place: $1500/team member
3rd Place: $500/team member

The 1st place team’s school will win a classroom set of iPads valued at $20,000. 

#LRSDListens - Twitter Town Hall


Twitter Town Hall

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6-7 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 here:  #LRSDListens

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

ASU Partnership with Horace Mann Gives Future Scientists a Head Start

In a first-ever opportunity for middle school attendees, students at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School will partner with Arkansas State University (ASU) to collect data for plant and gas research projects, sending the data to ASU for further analysis.  ASU will interpret and discuss the data with Mann students, encouraging further study and experimentation.

Administration and teachers at Horace Mann believe this partnership will enhance curriculum and better prepare students interested in science and math, and will help improve ACT scores.

State Representative Charles Blake was on hand for the announcement and presented a ceremonial award check to Horace Mann which will be used, in part, to help support this initiative.   

Back-to-School Community Walks Wrap Up - But Effort to Continue this Fall

Superintendent Mike Poore has now "made the rounds" to all seven Little Rock School District zones as part of his "Entry Plan."  The Listen and Learn Community Walks provide an opportunity for stakeholders to have a face-to-face interaction with the superintendent and members of his administrative team, whether they have students in the district or not.  Poore sees this as a unique way to engage community members, taking the message of LRSD directly to their front door. 

50 Fantastic Fathers Winners Announced

Join us in congratulating the top 25 winners from our Dads Take Your Child to School Facebook Photo Contest. Winners received email invitations through to the 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon sponsored by Chick-fil-AF on Thursday, September 1, 11:30am, in the LRSD Student Center, 810 W. Markham St.

ADE Announces Opportunities for Stakeholder Engagement Regarding the Arkansas Accountability System 

LITTLE ROCK (August 25, 2016) — The Arkansas Department of Education today announced opportunities for stakeholder engagement regarding the Arkansas Accountability System. 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law Dec. 10, 2015, reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and gives states and districts more authority to develop their own accountability system. 

For more than a year, ADE has collaborated with stakeholders to develop a strategic vision for excellence in education in Arkansas. In order to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education, a comprehensive accountability system must be developed in order to measure whether students and schools are meeting educational expectations. 

“Arkansas is leading the nation in computer science education, and we can provide the same leadership role in education as a whole by providing a more student-focused education starting with every child in Arkansas,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “Our Department of Education is leading the way by creating a state plan and accountability system under the new Every Student Succeeds Act. ADE, under Commissioner Key’s leadership, is working to create a transparent process that engages students, educators, parents and other stakeholders from across the state. Together we can create a plan that will not only elevate the level of education in Arkansas but will cement our state as a national leader on this critical issue for generations to come.” 

LRSD Enacts New Cell Phone Policy for Five High Schools

The Little Rock School District enacted a new cell phone policy for the responsible use of cell phones at all five high schools during the 2015-2016 school year. The policy allows students to have their phones in their possession, but they cannot use them, and the phones cannot make any noise at all, unless the use is authorized by the classroom teacher. LRSD recognizes the potential of cell phones and other electronic devices to be effective instructional tools and educational classroom resources.

According to the policy, JICJ, ‘Students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that respects the rights of others and minimizes any distractions that occur in the learning environment.’  To view the full policy governing the use of cell phones at Central, Hall, J.A. Fair, McClellan and Parkview, click here.

The same disciplinary procedures currently in place for the possession and use of cell phones will apply to the unauthorized use of cell phones or electronic devices. Click here to view the  Student Handbook. See rule 24 regarding use of cell phones and other electronic devices on page 75.  Unauthorized cell phone use is a category 2 offense (see page 34).

LRSD Increases Substitute Pay by 23%

The Little Rock School District has increased the daily rate of pay for degreed (4-year BA/BS or Masters) and certified substitute teachers by $15 in an effort improve the substitute teacher fill rate and become more competitive with neighboring school districts. The new daily rate of pay for degreed or certified substitute teachers will be $80 for subs who work between one and 20 days.  After 20 consecutive days in the same classroom the rate of pay increases to $90. The District aims to increase the quality and retention rate of its substitute teacher pool and convey to substitutes that the District values their dedication to LRSD students.

LRSD, and two neighboring districts contract with PCMI/Will Sub to place substitute teachers in classrooms and share the same pool of qualified teachers. The automated system allows substitutes to select which school district, school and classroom assignment that they prefer.  The ability to receive a higher pay rate is an important factor in the selection process.

LRSD Director of Human Resources Rhonda Benton explains, “We want to recruit and retain the very best substitute teachers. High quality substitutes are vital to student performance. When we demonstrate to substitutes that we value them, it has a positive impact on our students.”

Click here more information about becoming a substitute teacher.