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Congratulations to JA Fair and McClellan High Schools - Recommended for Removal from Academic Distress List

(From the Arkansas Department of Education - January 30, 2017)

ADE Recommends 1 District, 10 Schools Be Removed from Academic Distress; State Board of Education to Consider Recommendations Feb. 9

LITTLE ROCK — Based on three years of test scores, the Arkansas Department of Education recommends to the State Board of Education that one district and 10 schools be removed from the academic distress list.

LRSD Postpones Request for Election to Extend Debt

January 27, 2017 - The Little Rock School District (LRSD) announced today that it would be postponing a proposed election to extend its debt.  The election, previously slated for March 14, 2017, would generate approximately $160 million dollars to support facilities needs throughout the District and would extend the debt for one bond issue by 14-years.  The postponement of the election will allow the architectural firm responsible for designing the new southwest Little Rock high school time to receive additional input from stakeholders and  incorporate plans for greater com

LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore Announces Budget and Facilities Recommendations

January 17, 2017 - In response to the impending loss of $37 million in desegregation funds, a result of the 2014 settlement agreement, the Little Rock School District announced today the recommendation for closing three campuses, repurposing one campus, and removing one school from the list of potential closures.  The recommendations come following a series of stakeholder engagement opportunities that have included surveys, comments submitted via the district website, social media, community forums, phone calls and emails.  Impacted schools and recommendations include:


School                                                     Recommendation

Franklin                                                   Closure
                                                                  Students will attend Stephens
                                                                  Plans for repurposing will be developed with
                                                                  Community Input                      

Wilson                                                     Closure
                                                                  Students will attend Western Hills, Romine, Bale and
                                                                  Repurposed with Hamilton ALE program relocating to

Woodruff ECC                                              Closure
                                                                 Pre-K program students will attend Carver and Martin
                                                                 Luther King
                                                                 Plans for repurposing will be developed with community

Hamilton Learning Academy             Repurposed 
                                                                  Potentially reconfigured to a K-8 campus,
                                                                  incorporating Bale Elementary
                                                                  Future Hamilton ALE students moved to Wilson’s campus

Carver Magnet                                     Remove from closure list
                                                                 Enhance magnet program at Carver as part of district-wide
                                                                 initiative to support and improve to existing magnet

“A significant part of our proposed budget reduction is shaped by school utilization and we do not make these recommendations lightly,” said LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore.  “This is not an easy decision as staff along with students and their parents take great pride in developing school cultures. They are family.  Closures and change are difficult.”

Community Partners Support Bright Futures for All LR Kids


The Little Rock School District, in partnership with the City of Little Rock and Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, launched a new initiative Thursday, January 12, 2017, with a goal of ensuring "Bright Futures" for all Little Rock students.  The effort, of the same name, works within the Little Rock School District to connect student needs with existing community resources.

Parkview's Javon Franklin Named Athlete of the Month for December

Parvkiew Magnet High School's Javon Franklin was named "Athlete of the Month" for December following his outstanding basketball season to this point.  Franklin, a  recent KATV "Full Court Awards" finalist,  is a 6'6" senior forward, known for among other ball-handling skills, his tremendous rebound abilities.  Describing him as a "complete player," Coach Al Flanigan refers to Franklin as his "game-changer."  A member of the 2016 6A State Championship basketball team, Franklin has his eyes on either UALR or Fayetteville for his collegiate basketball career.  

Hall High Students Cash in on Stock Market Game


January 12, 2017 - Congratulations to Hall High School students Jonathon Aquino Velez, Chemir Brown and Kevyn Roman - 1st place winners in their division in the 2016 Stock Market Game, sponsored by Economics Arkansas. The students were honored at an awards luncheon this week  with 300 of their peers from around the state. We're proud of you, and your advisor, Mr. Ben Belton!!!

LRCH Sophomore Reportedly First Arkansas Student to Represent State at National Science Academy

Little Rock Central High School 10th grader Meghana Bollimpalli will represent Arkansas at the annual American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS), scheduled for February 15-19 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Bollimpalli is reportedly the first ever Arkansas finalist to represent our state.


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