High Profile Cloverdale Students

Eight Cloverdale Middle School students were chosen as the inaugural class of civilian cadets for Dr. Milton P. Crenchaw’s Training Academy and featured in the High Profile section of Sunday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. (Photos provided by Helaine Williams/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

The students were sworn in by Col. J. Dryjanski, USAF 314th Wing Commander; Col. K. Green, 314th Vice-Wing Commander; and Federal Judge Berlin Jones. Dr. Crenchaw personally spoke to the students during the evening. Cloverdale was also presented with the Milton P. Crenchaw Foundation Aviation Training Academy’s “Community Partnership Award.”

Milton Pitts Crenchaw, of the original Tuskegee Airmen, was one of the first African Americans in the country and the first from Arkansas to be trained by the federal government as a civilian licensed pilot. He trained hundreds of cadet pilots while at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute in the 1940s and was the catalyst in starting the first successful flight program at Philander Smith College in Little Rock from 1947 to 1953. His combined service record extends for over forty years of federal service from 1941 to 1983 with the U.S. Army (in the Army Air Corps) and eventually the U.S. Air Force.

LRSD Statement in Response to State Board of Education Action

During a hearing Wednesday, the State Board of Education  voted to immediately remove the Little Rock School District Board of Directors, place the district under state authority, and appoint Dr. Dexter Suggs as interim superintendent of the nearly 25,000 student district.  The move comes in the wake of a series of meetings between the district and the State Board of  Education regarding six LRSD schools labeled as "academically distressed."

Following the meeting, Dr. Suggs issued a brief statement assuring parents and students that the focus would remain the same - that all children receive a quality education.  "We will continue to put children first, continue to move with a sense of urgency and continue to engage all sectors of the community.  It will take all of us working together to transform the Little Rock School District," he said.

Additionally, the State Board of Education issued this statement:

"The State Board of Education and the Arkansas Department of Education want to assure students, parents, and employees of the Little Rock School District that the district mission of providing educational opportunity for students will continue with district operations as scheduled. Buses will run, classes will be in session, lunch will be served, and the needs of the students will be met. The fundamental change in regard to the action taken by the State Board of Education is that the governance and the administration of the district will now be the responsibility of the Department of Education."

"We have a great deal of responsibility and there will be no excuses.  Failure will not be an option," Dr. Suggs added.

Dr. Suggs will hold a follow-up news conference Thursday morning.  We will provide additional information on the lrsd.org website and Facebook page. 

Fulbright 4th Grader Wins 15 Seconds of Fame Video Contest

Fulbright Elementary's Maddie Rowe, 4th grade, is the winner of the 15 Seconds of Fame Instagram Video Contest. As a result, her school will enjoy a special school spirit day compliments of Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs. 

 

Lady Tiger Named LRSD Athlete of the Month

Central's Kiara Williams, LRSD Athlete of the Month

When her parents told Little Rock Central High junior Kiara Williams to shoot for the moon, she did.  This talented young basketball player has represented her school and team well, earning the highly coveted Downtown Tipoff Club's Arvest Outstanding Player award.  A 6' forward,  Kiara is a well-respected member of Central's Girls basketball team, averaging 14 points per game and giving her the distinction of being one of  the best players in the state.  She can now add the designation of being named LRSD Athlete of the Month for January. 

Board Unanimously Approves Proposed Facilities Plan

In a unanimous vote during Thursday night’s board meeting, the Little Rock School District Board of Directors approved the formation of a Millage Committee and the administration's proposed list of improvements.

Little Rock School District Adult Education Center

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