LRSD and LREA Reach Agreement For One-Time Bonus

 In a joint news conference, Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus and Little Rock Education Association President Cathy Koehler announced an agreement for a one-time bonus that will be allocated to most district personnel.  Under the agreement, eligible employees will receive $350 by June 19.  The negotiation was required under the agreement between the District and The Little Rock Education Association.

Eligible employees include teachers, school staff, assistant principals, principals and administrative staff with pay grade designations of 65 and under.  

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Frau Case Wins Prestigious German Teaching Award


Gibbs Magnet School German foreign language teacher Sara Case has been named the 2015 winner of the prestigious Duden Award for Arkansas for her excellence in teaching German.  The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) gives the Duden Award annually to a teacher in each state K-16! The Duden Award recognizes excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession. The announcement of Frau Case’s selection came at the spring meeting of the AATG, Friedrich Gerstäcker Chapter, in Fayetteville last weekend. Frau Case has taught German at Gibbs since August 2001. Teaching German to young children is her “dream” job.

Founded in 1926, the AATG is the only national organization representing German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of language, literature and culture of the German-speaking countries.  The Duden Publishing Company is the largest German language publisher of dictionaries and other instructional materials.

Photo: Frau Case, center, with 5th Grade German Class

21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Applications

The District intends to submit 21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications for Carver Elementary and Mabelvale Elementary.  The grant applications are due May 28, 2015. The 21st CCLC grant provides funding for out-of-school programming (before school, after school, Saturday, and summer programs) and provides both academic programs and enrichment activities.  Community input is invited.  Please contact Linda Young at to share ideas or to volunteer.

ADE Commissioner Johnny Key Appoints Howard “Baker” Kurrus New Superintendent of LRSD


Howard Baker Kurrus was named the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District today at a press conference held at the district. Kurrus will begin his new role immediately.

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key appointed Kurrus, a former Little Rock School Board member, to the position. Kurrus replaces Marvin Burton, who served as interim superintendent after Dr. Dexter Suggs resigned recently. Burton will resume his previous role as deputy superintendent.

“Because of his extensive experience creating and leading effective organizations, Mr. Kurrus will be a tremendous asset and resource for the Little Rock School District,” Key said. “As a former school district board member, Mr. Kurrus is dedicated to district. I have the upmost confidence in his ability to lead the district during this time of transition with six schools in academic distress and pending loss of desegregation funds.”serving the students, parents, teachers and administrators in the district during this time of transition with six schools in academic distress and pending loss of desegregation funds.”

“I also want to thank Mr. Burton for his commitment and service to the district and Little Rock community,” Key said. “His willingness to step in and work with me and the ADE team has been of great value.”

Parkview Drama Teacher Spencer Sutterfield Honored as LRSD’s Top Educator

The Little Rock School District honored its best and brightest teachers with the annual Crystal Awards Gala Monday night at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School Teacher Spencer Sutterfield was named Little Rock School District Teacher of the Year for 2015, earning the coveted Marian G. Lacey Educator Award, the district’s highest recognition. Sutterfield was also awarded a $1000 cash prize, a gift bag from Knowledge tree that included a $100 gift certificate and will receive a Dell Venue Pro that can be used as a tablet or a laptop.

Teachers representing every campus in the district were recognized during the gala. Level winners were also named and included High School Teacher of the Year Summer Vaught, Central High School, Middle School Teacher of the Year, Michelle Vire, Pulaski Heights Middle School, and Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Nathalie Massenelli. Level winners took home $500 each in cash prizes, Dell Chromebooks and gift bags from Knowledge Tree including $50 gift certificates.

Dunbar Spanish Students Bring Home 16 Medals!

Congratulations are in order for Dunbar Magnet Middle School world language students who attained national recognition for their excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.

Students from Dunbar Magnet Middle School earned a 11 gold, four silver and one bronze medals. “Attaining a medal for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2015.”

Students from Dunbar Magnet Middle School have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teacher Robin Kratzke.

PHMS 6th Graders Heading to History Day Nationals

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 Pulaski Heights Middle School 6th graders Ainsley Anderson, Samuel Lu, and Aaron Tran earned the honor of representing the Little Rock School District and the state of Arkansas at the National History Day competition to be held June 13-18 at the University of Maryland.   They placed second in the junior group website division at Saturday's state competition.  They worked tirelessly throughout the 1st semester with their GT Seminar teacher, Ms. Lisa Lewis, on researching their topic for the theme “Leadership and Legacy in History”. Their selected topic was “First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt: U.N. Delegate, Leader for Human Rights, and Leaving a Legacy for Future Women to Follow.” Way to go, Panthers!

LRSD Salutes Future Engineers From the Campus of Metropolitan Career-Technical Center

Vocational Education, now recognized as Career-Technical Education has long been recognized for learners who choose ‘hands-on’ education.

Advanced academics are incorporated into the lessons in Career-Technical Education for general use and professional development.  Vocational students learn the skills of high paying, highly technical professions as well as learning the advanced literacy, math and general academic skills needed to be well-educated students, potential employees and entrepreneurs.


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