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LRSD Seeks Proposals for Repurposing Franklin and Woodruff Campuses

February 28, 2017 - The Little Rock School District (LRSD) is fulfilling a commitment to seek proposals for the repurposing of its Franklin and Woodruff campuses.  In an effort to ensure that time is given to all parties that may be interested in submitting a proposal for the future use of these sites, the LRSD is issuing an Invitation for Submission of Interest for Redeployment of the properties.
 

LRSD Sets New Date for Election to Extend Debt

February 22, 2017 - The Little Rock School District (LRSD) announced today the date for rescheduling the election to extend its debt. The new date is Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The election, which does not call for a new tax, would generate approximately $160 million to support facilities needs throughout LRSD and would extend the debt for one bond issue by 14-years. 

Congratulations to 2017 Campus Level Teachers of the Year!

The outstanding teachers below were selected to be the best among the best by their peers.  They will be celebrated at the annual Crystal Awards Gala – Teacher of the Year banquet on May 8, 2017 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

Honorees now have the opportunity to vie for LRSD Teacher of the Year.   Tickets will go on sale next month.  Be sure to stay tuned for the early bird discounts.  Again, congrats to the teachers!

 

Arkansas Business Editorial Regarding LRSD's Excel Program

               Photo from news conference about CTE and Excel

Arkansas Business featured an editorial on LRSD's new Excel program.  To read actual article, click on link below - otherwise the text from the article is posted below the link. 

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/115500/connecting-students-with-careers-editorial#

On Wednesday, the Little Rock School District announced an initiative to expose high school students to different careers by adding classes in the fields of health care, technology, teaching and construction.

This Excel Careers for Advanced Professional Studies program offers high school juniors and seniors courses in these careers — along with a revived law enforcement program — while earning industry certificates and college hours as well as high school graduation credits. The courses give students the chance to immerse themselves in particular fields and the opportunity to learn by doing.

Enrollment Reopened for Carver Magnet Elementary School Through Wednesday

Attention Elementary School Parents:

The Little Rock School District is reopening the assignment process for seats at Carver Magnet Elementary School.  Parents are being offered another opportunity to be included in the final scramble for a seat at Carver.  Students who were impacted by recent school closures will have priority in the assignment process. 

Important Message From LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore Regarding School Closings

Please take time to read this important message from LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore regarding school plans being implemented at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.
 

February 10, 2017

Dear LRSD Parents and Community Stakeholders:

The decision to close schools is never easy.  We appreciate and value the extensive input provided by students, parents, staff and community members over the past several months. Those contributions, along with recommendations from the 2014 Fanning Howey facilities study, and our team of experienced educators, formed the basis for our comprehensive plan for academic excellence, school choice, and financial sustainability. That plan includes the closure of Franklin, Wilson and Woodruff campuses and the reassignment of Hamilton ALE at the end of this school year.   Commissioner Johnny Key, who serves as the board for the Little Rock School District, has approved the recommendation for closure and realignment of the following schools:   

School   Assignment
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  

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 will move to Wilson’s campus

LRSD Seniors Take Spotlight in 4kidsbykids Twitter Town Hall

          
             Back row:  Communications Director Pamela Smith; Superintendent Mike Poore;
             and Roberts Elementary Teacher Amy Braswell.  Front Row:  LRCH Senior CJ Fowler;
             JA Fair Senior Cartaviaus Thomas-Ayers;  McClellan Seniors Paola Vazquez and
             Talaya Jones; Hall High Senior Amy Cabrera; and Parkview Senior Marcus Watson, Jr.

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