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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.

Governor's All-Region & All-State Coding Competitions Announced at Hall

September 16, 2016—  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the inaugural Governor's All-Region and All-State Coding Competition to an auditorium full of 11th grade students at Hall High School. Eight regional competitions will occur simultaneously across the state on Monday, November 7. Winners of the regional competitions will then compete at the state level for scholarships. Schools are permitted a specific number of teams based on enrollment and students compete in teams of three. Verizon is the sponsor for the prizes at the All-State Coding Competition.

1st Place: $2000/team member
2nd Place: $1500/team member
3rd Place: $500/team member

The 1st place team’s school will win a classroom set of iPads valued at $20,000. 

ASU Partnership with Horace Mann Gives Future Scientists a Head Start

In a first-ever opportunity for middle school attendees, students at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School will partner with Arkansas State University (ASU) to collect data for plant and gas research projects, sending the data to ASU for further analysis.  ASU will interpret and discuss the data with Mann students, encouraging further study and experimentation.

Administration and teachers at Horace Mann believe this partnership will enhance curriculum and better prepare students interested in science and math, and will help improve ACT scores.

State Representative Charles Blake was on hand for the announcement and presented a ceremonial award check to Horace Mann which will be used, in part, to help support this initiative.   

50 Fantastic Fathers Winners Announced

Join us in congratulating the top 25 winners from our Dads Take Your Child to School Facebook Photo Contest. Winners received email invitations through pingg.com to the 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon sponsored by Chick-fil-AF on Thursday, September 1, 11:30am, in the LRSD Student Center, 810 W. Markham St.

LRSD Increases Substitute Pay by 23%

The Little Rock School District has increased the daily rate of pay for degreed (4-year BA/BS or Masters) and certified substitute teachers by $15 in an effort improve the substitute teacher fill rate and become more competitive with neighboring school districts. The new daily rate of pay for degreed or certified substitute teachers will be $80 for subs who work between one and 20 days.  After 20 consecutive days in the same classroom the rate of pay increases to $90. The District aims to increase the quality and retention rate of its substitute teacher pool and convey to substitutes that the District values their dedication to LRSD students.

LRSD, and two neighboring districts contract with PCMI/Will Sub to place substitute teachers in classrooms and share the same pool of qualified teachers. The automated system allows substitutes to select which school district, school and classroom assignment that they prefer.  The ability to receive a higher pay rate is an important factor in the selection process.

LRSD Director of Human Resources Rhonda Benton explains, “We want to recruit and retain the very best substitute teachers. High quality substitutes are vital to student performance. When we demonstrate to substitutes that we value them, it has a positive impact on our students.”

Click here more information about becoming a substitute teacher. 

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