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LRSD Excel Advisory Committee Gets Insight from Similar Program in Bentonville

      

 A delegation of advisory committee members from the Little Rock School District recently visited the Ignite Professional Studies Program at Bentonville Public Schools to observe that district’s efforts in action.  In February, LRSD introduced the Excel program, the District’s version of Ignite, announcing plans with community partners to join the Kansas City-based Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS).  The goal is to expand college and career opportunities for high school juniors and seniors.

LRSD Seeks Proposals for Repurposing Franklin and Woodruff Campuses

February 28, 2017 - The Little Rock School District (LRSD) is fulfilling a commitment to seek proposals for the repurposing of its Franklin and Woodruff campuses.  In an effort to ensure that time is given to all parties that may be interested in submitting a proposal for the future use of these sites, the LRSD is issuing an Invitation for Submission of Interest for Redeployment of the properties.
 

LRSD Sets New Date for Election to Extend Debt

February 22, 2017 - The Little Rock School District (LRSD) announced today the date for rescheduling the election to extend its debt. The new date is Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The election, which does not call for a new tax, would generate approximately $160 million to support facilities needs throughout LRSD and would extend the debt for one bond issue by 14-years. 

Assignment Letters Were Mailed This Week

February 23, 2017

Attention LRSD Parents:

Assignments letters were mailed Wednesday.  In order to help us prepare for a smooth transition into the 2017-18 school year, please read your letters immediately and follow the directions.  Please also note that Check-In will be earlier for most schools this year.  We will provide additional details and reminders prior to the Check-In dates.    If you have any questions, you may contact the Student Registration Office at 501-447-2950 during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Congratulations to 2017 Campus Level Teachers of the Year!

The outstanding teachers below were selected to be the best among the best by their peers.  They will be celebrated at the annual Crystal Awards Gala – Teacher of the Year banquet on May 8, 2017 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

Honorees now have the opportunity to vie for LRSD Teacher of the Year.   Tickets will go on sale next month.  Be sure to stay tuned for the early bird discounts.  Again, congrats to the teachers!

 

2017 Artistry In The Rock Exhibition: Let's Celebrate the Arts With Talented LRSD Students and Staff!

2017 Artistry In The Rock - March 14-16, 2017 - A celebration and showcase of LRSD student talent in the performing & visual arts. FREE and Open to the Public! - Metroplex Event Center | 10800 Colonel Glenn Rd

LRSD's annual Artistry in the Rock exhibition, now in its 7th year, promises to deliver fantastic performances and a visual display of excellence by students, grades PreK-12.  The public is invited to the free three-day showcase Tuesday-Thursday, March 14-16, 2016, at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road.  A few of the highlights include:

Computers For Kids - Computer Power Day - March 11, 2017

Little Rock School District Computer Power Day - October 7, 2017 - Henderson Middle School - powered by Internet Essentials from Comcast - Computers for Kids
 

REGISTRATION for COMPUTER POWER DAY PLUS begins Monday, September 18 and ends Thursday, October 5. 

Assignment Letters Will Be Mailed Next Week

Attention LRSD Parents:

Assignments letters that were scheduled to be mailed out today will be mailed  next week.  If you have any questions, you may contact the Student Registration Office at 501-447-2950 during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Thank you for your understanding.

Moms Matter Facebook Photo Contest: Enter Feb. 20-21; Vote Feb. 22 – Mar. 1

Pic of banner about contest with datesEnter February 20 & 21 • Vote February 22 – March 1 • Winner's Luncheon Friday, March 10

Calling all moms and female guardians! Don't forget to attend Parent Conference Day, February 20 & 21, take a photo and enter the Moms Matter Facebook Contest by midnight for a chance to win great prizes.

Arkansas Business Editorial Regarding LRSD's Excel Program

               Photo from news conference about CTE and Excel

Arkansas Business featured an editorial on LRSD's new Excel program.  To read actual article, click on link below - otherwise the text from the article is posted below the link. 

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/115500/connecting-students-with-careers-editorial#

On Wednesday, the Little Rock School District announced an initiative to expose high school students to different careers by adding classes in the fields of health care, technology, teaching and construction.

This Excel Careers for Advanced Professional Studies program offers high school juniors and seniors courses in these careers — along with a revived law enforcement program — while earning industry certificates and college hours as well as high school graduation credits. The courses give students the chance to immerse themselves in particular fields and the opportunity to learn by doing.

Enrollment Reopened for Carver Magnet Elementary School Through Wednesday

Attention Elementary School Parents:

The Little Rock School District is reopening the assignment process for seats at Carver Magnet Elementary School.  Parents are being offered another opportunity to be included in the final scramble for a seat at Carver.  Students who were impacted by recent school closures will have priority in the assignment process. 

Important Message From LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore Regarding School Closings

Please take time to read this important message from LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore regarding school plans being implemented at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.
 

February 10, 2017

Dear LRSD Parents and Community Stakeholders:

The decision to close schools is never easy.  We appreciate and value the extensive input provided by students, parents, staff and community members over the past several months. Those contributions, along with recommendations from the 2014 Fanning Howey facilities study, and our team of experienced educators, formed the basis for our comprehensive plan for academic excellence, school choice, and financial sustainability. That plan includes the closure of Franklin, Wilson and Woodruff campuses and the reassignment of Hamilton ALE at the end of this school year.   Commissioner Johnny Key, who serves as the board for the Little Rock School District, has approved the recommendation for closure and realignment of the following schools:   

School   Assignment
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 Brady
Repurposed with Hamilton ALE program relocating to Wilson
Woodruff  

Closure
Pre‐K program students will attend Carver and Martin Luther King
Plans for repurposing will be developed with community input

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

4kidsbykids - Teen Twitter Town Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 7

#LRSDListens

4kidsbykids Twitter Town Hall

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:30-8:30 p.m.

LRSD will partner with KARK/Fox 16 to include student voices in the social media town hall as part of the stations’ Victory over Violence Campaign. The conversation will focus on promoting safe communities.

Don’t have Twitter?  Tune in to LRSD TV (Comcast Channel 4 or U-Verse Channel 99).  To join the conversation, leave a comment or question on our Comment Form:  #LRSDListens

We will share the questions prior to the event.  Please remember to send questions/comments that pertain to the topics being discussed.

How to Chat

Poore Man on the Roof Campaign Enriches Local Pantry Effort

Thousands of dollars  worth of canned goods and other non-perishable items are on on their way to a local pantry to help families in need, thanks to the efforts of students, staff, parents and community members.  Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore issued a challenge to students soliciting their help in collecting items to support local pantries, saying he would work from the roof of the administration building if enough items were collected to fill his office within a two-week span.  The response was overwhelming with canned good and other items packing his office and spi

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
                                                                  Brady
                                                                  Repurposed with Hamilton ALE program relocating to
                                                                  Wilson

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

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
                                                                 programs   

“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.”

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