LRSD Statement in Response to State Board of Education Action

During a hearing Wednesday, the State Board of Education  voted to immediately remove the Little Rock School District Board of Directors, place the district under state authority, and appoint Dr. Dexter Suggs as interim superintendent of the nearly 25,000 student district.  The move comes in the wake of a series of meetings between the district and the State Board of  Education regarding six LRSD schools labeled as "academically distressed."

Following the meeting, Dr. Suggs issued a brief statement assuring parents and students that the focus would remain the same - that all children receive a quality education.  "We will continue to put children first, continue to move with a sense of urgency and continue to engage all sectors of the community.  It will take all of us working together to transform the Little Rock School District," he said.

Additionally, the State Board of Education issued this statement:

"The State Board of Education and the Arkansas Department of Education want to assure students, parents, and employees of the Little Rock School District that the district mission of providing educational opportunity for students will continue with district operations as scheduled. Buses will run, classes will be in session, lunch will be served, and the needs of the students will be met. The fundamental change in regard to the action taken by the State Board of Education is that the governance and the administration of the district will now be the responsibility of the Department of Education."

"We have a great deal of responsibility and there will be no excuses.  Failure will not be an option," Dr. Suggs added.

Dr. Suggs will hold a follow-up news conference Thursday morning.  We will provide additional information on the lrsd.org website and Facebook page. 

Fulbright 4th Grader Wins 15 Seconds of Fame Video Contest

Fulbright Elementary's Maddie Rowe, 4th grade, is the winner of the 15 Seconds of Fame Instagram Video Contest. As a result, her school will enjoy a special school spirit day compliments of Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs. 

 

Lady Tiger Named LRSD Athlete of the Month

Central's Kiara Williams, LRSD Athlete of the Month

When her parents told Little Rock Central High junior Kiara Williams to shoot for the moon, she did.  This talented young basketball player has represented her school and team well, earning the highly coveted Downtown Tipoff Club's Arvest Outstanding Player award.  A 6' forward,  Kiara is a well-respected member of Central's Girls basketball team, averaging 14 points per game and giving her the distinction of being one of  the best players in the state.  She can now add the designation of being named LRSD Athlete of the Month for January. 

Open Enrollment for LRSD's 2015-16 School Year Now Underway

 

Monday, January 26, 2015 begins the two week open enrollment period for the Little Rock School District - January 26-February 6.  The first week will occur in the Family Life Center at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th - during which time the Student Registration Office (SRO) will be closed.  The second week will be held at the SRO, 501 Sherman St.

 

In order to streamline the process, eliminate the possibility of long lines, and improve the customer service experience for patrons, SRO has implemented new plans for the first week at St. Mark.

 

Because the largest number of new students seeking enrollment are P3 and P4 (3-4-year-olds), SRO has designated Monday and Tuesday, January 26-27, for P3 and P4 students who do not have any siblings.  Wednesday is designated for P3 and P4 students who have siblings grades K-12. Thursday, K-12 students with no siblings are encouraged to register.  Friday is open to all grades.

 

The second week, February 2-6, the open enrollment process will return to the SRO at 501 Sherman for all students, regardless of grade.

 

Those who are new to the district are also requested to adhere to the schedule above.  Students who have not moved, have not changed addresses, or who are not seeking admission to a LRSD magnet school or academy (Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy or Forest Heights STEM Academy) do not have to do anything and will automatically roll up at their assigned school.

 

Board Unanimously Approves Proposed Facilities Plan

In a unanimous vote during Thursday night’s board meeting, the Little Rock School District Board of Directors approved the formation of a Millage Committee and the administration's proposed list of improvements.

LRSD Open Enrollment is Jan. 26 - Feb. 6

It’s time to register for the 2015-16 school year.  Open Enrollment for the Little Rock School District is January 26 - February 6, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The first week, January 26 - 30, will be at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th St. The Student Registration building will be closed this week. New rules will apply at St. Mark, with specific days assigned to specific grade levels. Click here to view the schedule chart.

Booker Educator Named One of Four Amazing Educators

Courtesy of Little Rock Family Magazine

Fueled by her deep love for teaching and education, Booker Arts Magnet Elementary teacher Dixie Fair, has been in the classroom for almost 28 years. For her commitment, Fair was recently named an “Amazing Educator” by Little Rock Family Magazine – one of only four to receive the coveted recognition.

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