LRSD Announces 'Community Blueprint,' Public Meeting Schedule

Aug 27, 2018

Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore standing in front of the outline of a new long-range plan for the district.
Credit David Monteith / KUAR News

The Little Rock School District is gathering public input on a new long-range plan.

Superintendent Michael Poore announced a "community blueprint" Monday, which outlined the district's intentions to close some schools, repurpose some land and buildings, as well as build new schools.

"One of the things that we're recommending as an intial recommendation, but we're asking for even additional community input, is to say Rockefeller [Elementary] becomes a pre-k center - birth to pre-k - and that's its total responsibility is pre-k, and then shift the elementary students over to [Booker T] Washington [Elementary]," Poore said.

Senator Joyce Elliott, an advocate for returning control of the district's decision-making to an elected school board, attended the press conference and said she believes the changes proposed by the district unfairly impact students and families south of Interstate 630.

The embattled school district has been solely under the control of the State Board of Education Commissioner Johnny Key since early 2015.

The first in the series of community meetings is set for September 4 at McClellan High School.