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Assignment Letters Will Be Mailed Next Week

Attention LRSD Parents:

Assignments letters that were scheduled to be mailed out today will be mailed  next week.  If you have any questions, you may contact the Student Registration Office at 501-447-2950 during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Thank you for your understanding.

Moms Matter Facebook Photo Contest: Enter Feb. 20-21; Vote Feb. 22 – Mar. 1

Pic of banner about contest with datesEnter February 20 & 21 • Vote February 22 – March 1 • Winner's Luncheon Friday, March 10

Calling all moms and female guardians! Don't forget to attend Parent Conference Day, February 20 & 21, take a photo and enter the Moms Matter Facebook Contest by midnight for a chance to win great prizes.

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

4kidsbykids - Teen Twitter Town Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 7

#LRSDListens

4kidsbykids Twitter Town Hall

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:30-8:30 p.m.

LRSD will partner with KARK/Fox 16 to include student voices in the social media town hall as part of the stations’ Victory over Violence Campaign. The conversation will focus on promoting safe communities.

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 on our Comment Form:  #LRSDListens

We will share the questions prior to the event.  Please remember to send questions/comments that pertain to the topics being discussed.

How to Chat

Poore Man on the Roof Campaign Enriches Local Pantry Effort

Thousands of dollars  worth of canned goods and other non-perishable items are on on their way to a local pantry to help families in need, thanks to the efforts of students, staff, parents and community members.  Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore issued a challenge to students soliciting their help in collecting items to support local pantries, saying he would work from the roof of the administration building if enough items were collected to fill his office within a two-week span.  The response was overwhelming with canned good and other items packing his office and spi

Congratulations to JA Fair and McClellan High Schools - Recommended for Removal from Academic Distress List

(From the Arkansas Department of Education - January 30, 2017)

ADE Recommends 1 District, 10 Schools Be Removed from Academic Distress; State Board of Education to Consider Recommendations Feb. 9
 

LITTLE ROCK — Based on three years of test scores, the Arkansas Department of Education recommends to the State Board of Education that one district and 10 schools be removed from the academic distress list.

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.

Thank You - The Little Rock Community Gives Back in a Huge Way

Another special "shout out" to local restaurants and community members who participated in the "Restaurants Give Back" holiday food drive in support of our students.  Thanks to your generosity, more than 3,000 pounds of food was collected, then sorted  and delivered to schools by volunteers from the Arkansas Hunger Alliance.  LRSD truly appreciates you!

 

Updates - School Community Meetings Rescheduled for Later this Month

          

January 4, 2017 - The community meetings regarding potential school closings will be rescheduled for later this month.  Superintendent Mike Poore and LRSD administration are still reviewing community input before making final recommendations.  New meeting dates for impacted schools will be announced the following ways:

Incoming Pre-K Students Information

Attention:  Families of Incoming Pre-K Students

Every year there are changes to the sites where Pre-K is located.

If a school that is not currently listed on the P3 or P4 Registration Form will have Pre-K for 2017-18 school year, we will make a public announcement and allow families to revise their selection. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the LRSD Early Childhood Office at 447-7360.  Thanks for choosing LRSD.

Dr. Karen James
Director, Early Childhood Programs

Local Restaurants Kick Off "Restaurants Give Back" Holiday Food Drive for Little Rock School District Students

Group aims to provide food for students in need while out of school for the holidays

LITTLE ROCK – The Little Rock Kitchen Cabinet, a group of local restaurant owners and operators, joined Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore Thursday to kick off the “Restaurants Give Back” food drive aimed at ensuring students in the District have plenty to eat while out of school for the upcoming holiday break.  Participating restaurants will serve as drop-off locations for food items December 9 – December 15.

“Unfortunately, we know that for many of our students, the breakfast and lunch they receive at school may be the only meal they get during the day,” said Poore.  “We want to make sure that for the two weeks they are out of school for the holidays, they have food items they can prepare at home.  We are grateful for our Little Rock restaurant partners and to their patrons throughout our community for stepping up to the plate to help with this important effort during such a busy time of year,” he added.

Let's Chat - #LRSD Listens Twitter Town Hall Wednesday Night

#LRSDListens

Twitter Town Hall

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:30-8:30 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 on our Comment Form:  #LRSDListens

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

 

How to Chat

If you have a Twitter account, log on and
  use #LRSDListens to be directed to the
  conversation

Introduce yourself and share how you're
  connected to the district

We will introduce 5 questions - 1-at-a-time
  referring to questions using Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 and Q5

When you respond to the individual questions, use
  A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5

Share this information with your friends and let's get "tweeting" at 7:30 p.m.!

The Best of the Best Basketball Talent Featured at Upcoming Jammin' for Jackets Tournament

               

December 6, 2016 - Support central Arkansas student-athletes and cheer on LRSD basketball players at the Jammin' for Jackets tournament, December 8-10! Admission is $8/person/day or you may purchase a 3-day pass for $20 on the first day of the tournament,Thursday, December 8. Teams from J.A. Fair, Hall, McClellan, Parkview, Central, Mills, Bryant, and Episcopal Collegiate will compete for the coveted Jammin' for Jackets Championship title.

Proceeds from the tournament assist with the purchase of letter jackets for Central Arkansas athletes for all sports, not just basketball. Over the past 15 years, nearly 5500 jackets have been issued, free of charge, to student athletes.

LRSD Welcomes New Staff Attorney

The Little Rock School District is pleased to announce the selection of its new staff attorney, Eric F.Walker of Little Rock.

 As attorney for LRSD, Walker will provide legal guidance on a full spectrum of education law issues and advise the District's administration on all legal matters related to the operations of the District. He will also serve, on behalf of the superintendent, as the primary contact for LRSD's assigned law firm and will combine his considerable experience with their efforts.

Walker most recently served as Assistant Dean of Career Services at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He brings a wealth of experience to the District, having previously served as legal counsel for Windstream Communications and Philander Smith College, Assistant Attorney General for two divisions at the Arkansas Attorney General's office, and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Little Rock.

Important Reminder: Change in Dates for Semester Exams

 

In order to have consecutive, uninterrupted days of testing for the upcoming semester exams, the decision has been made to change the test dates to Tuesday - Friday, December 13-16, 2016. This will allow testing to occur within the same week.   Monday, December 19, 2016, will serve as a make-up test day, if necessary.  As a reminder, the new dates are also posted on the district’s online calendar. 

Please contact your school’s administration if you have any questions.  Thank you in advance for your support. 

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