††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT







May 9, 2002


The Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held a special meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2002, in the Boardroom of the Administration Building, 810 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.Vice President Judy Magness presided.




Judy Magness

Tony Rose

Larry Berkley

Mike Daugherty

Katherine Mitchell

Sue Strickland




Baker Kurrus




T. Kenneth James, Superintendent of Schools

Beverly Griffin, Recorder of the Minutes


I.††††††††† CALL TO ORDER


Vice President Judy Magness called the special meeting to order at 5:04 p.m.Five members of the Board were present at roll call; Dr. Mitchell arrived at 5:08 p.m., Mr. Kurrus was absent.Sherry Chambers, teacher ex-officio representative from Dodd Elementary School was also present.The student ex-officio representative from McClellan High School did not attend.





The agenda for the special meeting follows:


I.                     Personnel Actions - Central High School Principal


II.                   Report:Urban Land Institute / Midtown Redevelopment Recommendations



III.                ACTION


A.Personnel Actions - Central High School Principal


Dr. James presented his recommendation to employ Nancy Rousseau as the principal of Central High School.He briefed the Board on the process followed in making his decision, and indicated that all of the candidates were quality individuals.The top three candidates were selected by the screening committee and recommended for the Superintendentís consideration.


Ms. Strickland made a motion to approve the Superintendentís recommendation, Mr. Berkley seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.


Ms. Rousseau was present and briefly addressed the Board.She expressed her appreciation of their confidence in her abilities to lead the stateís largest high school and she committed to working diligently to continue the tradition of excellence and the reputation of Central High School.


B.Report:Urban Land Institute / Midtown RedevelopmentRecommendations


Representatives of the City of Little Rock Planning Commission were present to review recommendations made in a report of the Urban Land Institute, which was commissioned by the City.Present were Craig Berry, Tony Bozynski, and Richard Downing.†† Board Members were provided with a copy of the ULI Report, which was presented to the City in April 2001.Since that time, the city has been studying the recommendations and gathering data to support the findings of the report.A great deal of emphasis was placed on the redesign of the University Mall area, and the impact this action would have on the mid-town area.


Mr. Berry noted that a resolution will be presented to the City Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 21, 2002, and he asked the LRSD Board to support the redevelopment plans.


The Superintendent reminded the Board that no official action was anticipated or recommended at this time; no action item was included on the Boardís agenda for this meeting.††† The report presented tonight was intended solely for the purpose of providing additional information for consideration.




Dr. James thanked the members of the City Planning Commission staff for taking the time to come before the Board and he indicated that if additional information was required, we would contact them at a later time.






There being no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Berkley, seconded by Mr. Rose.





APPROVED:05-23-02†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Original documents signed by:

††††††††††† H. Baker Kurrus, President

††††††††††† Tony Rose, Secretary