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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

LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore Updates Community on Budget and Facilities

November 3, 2016 - The Little Rock School District family embraced a theme at the beginning of this school year that is more important now than ever before – and that is “The Power of Us.”  We are continuing our stakeholder meetings to get input on the budget.  While no decisions have been made regarding possible school closures, the names of five schools that may be impacted by upcoming budget decisions were released:  Carver, Franklin, Hamilton, Wilson, and Woodruff.  It should be emphasized that no final decisions have been made regarding these sites.

Today, Superintendent Poore held a series of information meetings along with a news conference to update school and community leadership on current utilization of our existing facilities. Additionally, parents and staff of the impacted schools also received this information. Superintendent Poore has asked that we make the budget and facilities report available to all on the LRSD.Org web site. 

Please remember these are draft documents that reflect a work in progress, and you still have time to share your input.  Also, please make plans to attend zone meetings that will begin next week – those dates are listed below:

Facilities Utilization Zone Meetings - Comments and Input, Current to Zone 6 Meeting December 6th

Budget Update 11.3.16

Facilities Planning - Working Document

Description of Columns Headers -  [en Español]

Zone Meetings Dates -  [en Español]  

Meetings Begin with LRSD Stakeholders to Discuss Facilities Utilization

Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore has initiated a series of meetings to share the District’s plans for determining the best use of LRSD school facilities for the 2017-18 school year and beyond. The meetings began with a presentation Thursday, October 13, 2016, to the LRSD Community Advisory Board and the Arkansas Department of Education Board of Directors regarding proposed budget reductions for 2017-18, followed by an introduction to LRSD principals.  Included in the proposal was the potential closure of up to four elementary schools.

Thank You for Sharing Your Input on LRSD's Financial Future

Due to a loss in desegregation funds as part of the settlement agreement reached in 2014, LRSD will face a $37 million cut in revenue, annually, beginning in 2017-18.  Our goal is to determine the best way to handle this significant reduction in revenue while, at the same time prioritizing resources for the academic improvement of our students and provide for the financial stability of the district’s future.

A Grand Celebration for LRSD Grandparents

LRSD is fortunate to have great support among its stakeholder groups, including fantastic grandparents!  To celebrate their involvement in the education of their grandchildren, the district hosts an annual Grandparents Day Facebook Sweepstakes contest. Grandparents are encouraged to visit their grandchildren's school - usually during the national observance known as Grandparents Day, take a photo with the student and upload that photo to LRSD's Facebook page.

Mateo Named Top 4 Semifinalist in Arkansas Teacher of the Year

September 28, 2016—Today, Emma Mateo, 2016 Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year, made the top four cut as a semifinalist in the 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year competition. Mateo was a special education teacher at Otter Creek Elementary School when she won the top honor for LRSD. She now works at the new west Little Rock middle school, Pinnacle View, where she serves as a member of the school’s leadership team and chairs the School Based Intervention Team in addition to her regular duties supporting the school’s English and math teachers in educating exceptional children. Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key recognized Mateo as both a regional finalist and statewide semifinalist in a special ceremony in the Old Supreme Court room at the Capitol.

"Building a Better Me" Leadership Training

September 23, 2016 - LRSD students from Stephens and Mabelvale elementary schools participated in a student leadership academy, "Building a Better Me," designed to help them develop skills to be successful at school and in their respective communities. The event is the first in a series of student leadership academies the district is planning for the 2016-2017 school year. Students had the opportunity to learn about four leadership styles through guest speakers and group activities: integrity, character, performance, service and passion.  Guest speakers included: Superintendent Mike Poore, Sidney Moncrief, Dr. Julian Murray, Joseph Booker, Miguel Fuentevilla, Raven Richards and Kevin Hunt, Sr.

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