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LRSD Postpones Request for Election to Extend Debt

January 27, 2017 - The Little Rock School District (LRSD) announced today that it would be postponing a proposed election to extend its debt.  The election, previously slated for March 14, 2017, would generate approximately $160 million dollars to support facilities needs throughout the District and would extend the debt for one bond issue by 14-years.  The postponement of the election will allow the architectural firm responsible for designing the new southwest Little Rock high school time to receive additional input from stakeholders and  incorporate plans for greater com

LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore Announces Budget and Facilities Recommendations

January 17, 2017 - In response to the impending loss of $37 million in desegregation funds, a result of the 2014 settlement agreement, the Little Rock School District announced today the recommendation for closing three campuses, repurposing one campus, and removing one school from the list of potential closures.  The recommendations come following a series of stakeholder engagement opportunities that have included surveys, comments submitted via the district website, social media, community forums, phone calls and emails.  Impacted schools and recommendations include:

 

School                                                     Recommendation

Franklin                                                   Closure
                                                                  Students will attend Stephens
                                                                  Plans for repurposing will be developed with
                                                                  Community Input                      

Wilson                                                     Closure
                                                                  Students will attend Western Hills, Romine, Bale and
                                                                  Brady
                                                                  Repurposed with Hamilton ALE program relocating to
                                                                  Wilson

Woodruff ECC                                              Closure
                                                                 Pre-K program students will attend Carver and Martin
                                                                 Luther King
                                                                 Plans for repurposing will be developed with community
                                                                 input

Hamilton Learning Academy             Repurposed 
                                                                  Potentially reconfigured to a K-8 campus,
                                                                  incorporating Bale Elementary
                                                                  Future Hamilton ALE students moved to Wilson’s campus

Carver Magnet                                     Remove from closure list
                                                                 Enhance magnet program at Carver as part of district-wide
                                                                 initiative to support and improve to existing magnet
                                                                 programs   

“A significant part of our proposed budget reduction is shaped by school utilization and we do not make these recommendations lightly,” said LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore.  “This is not an easy decision as staff along with students and their parents take great pride in developing school cultures. They are family.  Closures and change are difficult.”

Community Partners Support Bright Futures for All LR Kids

 

The Little Rock School District, in partnership with the City of Little Rock and Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, launched a new initiative Thursday, January 12, 2017, with a goal of ensuring "Bright Futures" for all Little Rock students.  The effort, of the same name, works within the Little Rock School District to connect student needs with existing community resources.

Parkview's Javon Franklin Named Athlete of the Month for December

Parvkiew Magnet High School's Javon Franklin was named "Athlete of the Month" for December following his outstanding basketball season to this point.  Franklin, a  recent KATV "Full Court Awards" finalist,  is a 6'6" senior forward, known for among other ball-handling skills, his tremendous rebound abilities.  Describing him as a "complete player," Coach Al Flanigan refers to Franklin as his "game-changer."  A member of the 2016 6A State Championship basketball team, Franklin has his eyes on either UALR or Fayetteville for his collegiate basketball career.  

Hall High Students Cash in on Stock Market Game

                             

January 12, 2017 - Congratulations to Hall High School students Jonathon Aquino Velez, Chemir Brown and Kevyn Roman - 1st place winners in their division in the 2016 Stock Market Game, sponsored by Economics Arkansas. The students were honored at an awards luncheon this week  with 300 of their peers from around the state. We're proud of you, and your advisor, Mr. Ben Belton!!!

LRCH Sophomore Reportedly First Arkansas Student to Represent State at National Science Academy

Little Rock Central High School 10th grader Meghana Bollimpalli will represent Arkansas at the annual American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS), scheduled for February 15-19 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Bollimpalli is reportedly the first ever Arkansas finalist to represent our state.

Dominating the Debate Circuit - LR Central At It Again

          

Please help us congratulate sisters and LRCH debaters, Juliette Jung and Christina Jung, for securing their first bid to the National Tournament of Champions at the University of Texas Longhorn Classic in December 2016! The Jungs finished prelims 5-1 and entered eliminations as the 3rd seed. They defeated Westwood (Austin, Texas) in the bid round. LRCH will once again represent Arkansas at the TOC in Lexington, Kentucky in April! Back to back qualifiers is historic for Central's program. Additionally, Juliette was TOP SPEAKER out of 192 debaters in the field! Christina was FOURTH! 

Matthew Cole and Chloe Cunningham finished in the Sweet 16 of the tournament, defeating nationally-ranked Jesuit LR (Dallas, Texas) in Double Octafinals and ending their run in a hard-fought 2-1 decision debate against top 5 team LASA MS (Austin, Texas) in Octafinals. Matthew was recognized at 15th Speaker! 

Both teams competed in the prestigious Texas Round Robin following the Longhorn Classic. Central is the only school from Arkansas to ever be invited to this competition. Jung/Jung finished 3rd Place overall in the Round Robin, and Juliette was 2nd Speaker. A Round Robin is an elite competition for eight teams considered among the top teams in the country. Tiger Debate is very excited to be getting this recognition again this year.  

Juliette Jung -- secured a bid to the National Tournament of Champions, Top Speaker at the UT Longhorn Classic

Christina Jua Jung --  secured a bid to the National Tournament of Champions, 4th Speaker at the UT Longhorn Classic

 

Western Hills Molly Milk Moo "Chines" at National Milk Competition

Congratulations to Western Hills Elementary, winner of the" Made By Milk," milk carton sculpture contest in the elementary under 300 carton category.  Western Hills was also the only school in Arkansas to win this time. Check out the sculpture that was designed and created by the 4th and 5th grade art club.  The sculpture is affectionately named Molly The Milk Moo-Chine -  she roller skates around the cafeteria providing flavored milk choices, even coffee for the teachers!  When you’re done with your carton, her recycling backpack turns the cartons into energy!  Western Hills art club, under the directior of teacher Sarah Burns, will receive $1,000.  Way to "Chine" Western Hills!

 

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