LRSD Board Votes to Purchase Land for Two New Schools

Monday night during a special board meeting, the LRSD School Board voted to purchase land in South Little Rock and West Little Rock to build new schools. This decision only included the purchase of land - no determination was made on specific facilities. The vote was 6 in favor of the purchase; 0 against the purchase; and 1 abstention.

  • The South Little Rock site is 56 acres at RichSmith Lane and Mabelvale Pike for cost of $1,372,000.
  • The West Little Rock site is two tracts of land totaling 43.5 acres at the north end of Katillus Road for a cost of $4,200,000.

The next phase of this process includes feasibility and district-wide facilities studies.

Five LRSD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to Global Finals

Imaginations ran wild on Saturday, April 6 at the Arkansas Destination ImagiNation (DI) State Championships in Benton, when five DI teams from three LRSD schools won first place and qualified to advance to the Destination Imagination Global Finals next month at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Three teams from Carver Magnet Elementary School, and one team each from Forest Heights Middle School and Gibbs Magnet Elementary School all had qualifying first place scores to compete against thousands of students from over 25 different countries from around the world at the Global Finals. 

Gibbs Magnet Elementary dominated overall with first place in three different categories—repeating the achievement of being the only school in the State Finals with three teams advancing to the Global Finals from last year. The categories were: Wind Visible, a scientific challenge; In Disguise, a fine arts challenge; and Real to Reel, a documentary film project meant to address a community need. In the fine arts challenge, Gibbs won the Instant Challenge and the Renaissance Award, a special recognition for exceptional skill in the area of engineering, design or performance. Last year, Gibbs emerged as the Global Winner in the scientific category beating teams from around the world.


For the sixth year in the row Carver Magnet Elementary School won first place at the elementary level for “In the Zone,” the most difficult category requiring a trifecta mastery of engineering, design and mathematical concepts. In fact, LRSD schools won at every level of competition in the highly technical “In the Zone” category with Forest Heights Middle School and J.A. Fair Magnet High School winning first place at their respective levels. Dunbar Magnet Middle School won the category’s Instant Challenge securing third place at the middle school level of “In the Zone.”  Only Forest Heights and Carver advance to Global in this category. 


Teams from Williams Magnet Elementary, Henderson and Mann Magnet Middle Schools also competed. In the scientific challenge, Wind Visible, Williams placed third and Carver placed fourth while Mann placed third and Dunbar placed fourth in the Twist-O-Rama structural challenge. Carver also placed eighth in the improvisational category, Change in Realitee. Hundreds of teams competed in the State Finals at Benton High School.


McDonald All American Stars Shine Brightly

Bobby Portis and Tyler Scaife, Hall High School's historic McDonald's All-Americans, each tasted victory on the boys' (110-99) and girls' (92-64) West teams, respectively, of the 2013 McDonald's All-American Games in Chicago April 3rd. They make Hall and LRSD proud. Their respective wins in the All-American Games continue their winning season, as they each led their Hall teams to 2013 6A Championships. Bobby has signed a letter of commitment with the Arkansas Razorbacks, while Tyler has committed to Rutgers. We wish these basketball superstars much success in their endeavors.

ViPS turns 40!

Four decades of service – that’s what the Little Rock School District’s Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS) will celebrate during this year’s “A Evening for the Stars” reception, April 16th at the Airport Holiday Inn. The event will honor schools, volunteers, and businesses with outstanding volunteer involvement.   A special award established by ViPS in honor of the program’s founder, Jane Mendel, will be presented to a volunteer who has provided an exceptional level of district-wide service.
The event is free and open to anyone who volunteers with the Little Rock School District. Reservations can be made by calling ViPS at 447-4450 or click here to make reservations online.
LRSD would like to send out a big thank you to all volunteers –you truly make a difference!