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1st Leg of Community Walk Spans Washington and Stephens Elementary School Zones

Superintendent Mike Poore, Karen Schneider and others pose in front of Washington ElementaryDespite triple digit heat, LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore made good on his promise to hit the pavement during his first "Community Walk" events, July 23.  Going door to door, Poore introduced himself to several residents living in school zones 1 and 2, neighborhoods comprising the Washington and Stephens elementary school areas.  In addition to principals Katherine Snyder and Phillip Carlock, as well as a few of their staff members, community members, PTA representatives, and ministers joined the effort.

          Superintendent Mike Poore and volunteeers pose in front of Stephens Elementary
 

Coming to a Neighborhood Near You...LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore

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As part of his Entry Plan, Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore will launch the first of a series of Listen and Learn Community Walks this Saturday, July 23, noon-2 p.m., in neighborhoods that comprise Zone 1 and 2 of the Little Rock School District.

Donning blue shirts with the Community Walk logo, Poore and a small group of  LRSD staff and district supporters will go door-to-door, visiting with stakeholders on designated Saturdays in each of the district's seven zones.  Subsequent dates will be posted on the district's website. 

Central’s Bao Places 5th at World Brain Bee

Karina Bao, 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion poses with Central High Principal Nancy RussoJuly 15, 2016—Little Rock Central High’s Karina Bao, 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion, recently placed fifth at the World Brain Bee Championship in Cophenhagen, Denmark. Bao competed against national champions from 26 countries.

The International Brain Bee was found 17 years ago by Dr. Norbert Myslinski, and has now expanded to 160 chapters in 40 regions in 6 continents. Its purpose is “to motivate young men and women to learn about the brain, and inspire them to consider careers in basic and clinical neurosciences.” He says “We build better brains to fight brain disorders.”

LRSD Community Advisory Board Named

The State Board of Education approved Friday the list of names recommended by Commissioner Johnny Key to serve as LRSD Community Advisory Board (CAB) members.  The CAB consists of representatives from each of the seven (7) LRSD school zones.  Members and their zones are listed below:

Chauncey Holloman Pettis – Zone 1

Maria Chavarria-Garcia – Zone 2

Melanie Fox – Zone 3

Jeff Wood – Zone 4

Larry Clark – Zone 5

Anthony Hampton – Zone 6

3 World Leaders Recognize 2016 Presidential Leadership Grads at LRCHS

Picture of  Former Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, and Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair joined three of the Little Rock Nine, Ernest Green, Minnijean Brown-Tricky and Carlotta Walls LaNierJuly 14, 2016— Former Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, and Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair joined three of the Little Rock Nine, Ernest Green, Minnijean Brown-Tricky and Carlotta Walls LaNier in honoring graduates of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program on the stage of the Roosevelt Thompson Auditorium at Little Rock Central High School.  The 61 scholars were selected among more than 600 applicants to participate in the unique leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush.  The Class of 2016 Presidential Leadership Scholars Program included individuals form diverse backgrounds and geographies, coming from a variety of sectors, including private, public, non-profit, military, and academia. During the 6-month executive-style program, scholars traveled to each participating presidential center to learn from former presidents, key administration officials and leading academics.

Dr. Mike Hemphill, director of Academic Programming at the Clinton Foundation, moderated the inspirational conversation with the three members of the Little Rock Nine. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman moderated the lively conversation with the three former world leaders.

LRSD Welcomes New Superintendent Mike Poore

Picture of Mike PooreThe Little Rock School District  welcomes Michael Poore as its new superintendent.  Although he has been working in the district in a transitional capacity for the past two weeks, he began his first official day in the office today, July 1.

In order to help with the transition, Mr. Poore has created an Entry Plan that includes a series of outreach efforts in the coming days. LRSD will post the dates on the district's online calendar.  Information will also be shared via the district's mass notification system, Blackboard.

Click on this link to read more about Superintendent Poore's Entry Plan.
Click on this link to read Mr. Poore's letter to LRSD Stakeholders.

We hope you will join us in extending best wishes and a warm welcome to Superintendent Poore.  

Superintendent’s Listen & Learn Entry Plan

Michael A. Poore, Superintendent (effective July 1, 2016)
Little Rock School District

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Introduction and Purpose

Picture of Mike PooreLittle Rock is a vibrant and unique city with a long, rich heritage of cultural diversity.  I am excited and humbled to serve as the new superintendent (effective July 1, 2016) of this historic school district. I take this opportunity very seriously and will perform my job with energy, enthusiasm, and commitment.  I will “hit the ground listening and learning” in order to gather as much information from stakeholders within the schools, as well as from parents and community members. I firmly believe that the greatest asset the Little Rock School District (LRSD) has is the passion of its people. This plan is another step forward in returning LRSD to local control.  

    The purpose of this entry plan is to establish a set of activities that will guide my transition into the district and community. The activities described below will utilize an Appreciative Inquiry approach to elicit direction from the community.  In its simplistic form, Appreciative Inquiry seeks to understand key commitments and objectives that must be maintained. Furthermore, it allows the community to share its most important aspirations.

    The following activities will be accomplished as we prepare for the first day our students return in August for the 2016-2017 school year:

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