Little Rock School District, Arkansas

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Little Rock School District
Little Rock, Arkansas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Dexter Suggs, Sr
Enrollment:25,685
Graduation rate:78.5%
Number of schools:50
Budget: $355.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dianne Curry
Board members:7
Term length:3
Little Rock School District is a school district in Arkansas. As of the 2009-2010 school year, the district includes 50 schools, and had an enrollment of approximately 25,685 students. It has 5 high schools, 7 middle schools, 29 elementary schools, 4 early childhood (pre-kindergarten) centers, 2 alternative schools, 1 adult education center, 1 accelerated learning center, 1 career-techinal center, and about 3,800 employees.

About the district

Location

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Little Rock School District is located in central Arkansas in Pulaski County. It is the county seat and capital of the state of Arkansas and is the largest city in the state of Arkansas. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 193,524 residents.[1]

Demographics

Little Rock outperforms the rest of Arkansas when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Little Rock was $44,392 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. 38.2% of Little Rock residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 19.6% in Arkansas. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Little Rock was 17.8% compared to 18.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 89.2% of Little Rock residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 82.7% in Arkansas.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Little Rock (%) Arkansas (%)
White 48.9 80.0
Black or African American 42.3 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.9
Asian 2.7 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.3
Two or More Races 1.7 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 6.8

Superintendent

Dr. Dexter Suggs, Sr. is the current superintendent of Little Rock School District. He assumed the position on July 1, 2013. He had previously served as Chief of Staff for Indianapolis Public Schools. Dr. Suggs is a Persian Gulf War Veteran and member of the United States Army. Suggs earned his Bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University and his Masters of Education degree from Indiana University before earning his Ed.S and Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

School board

Current school board members include:[4] Current school board members include:[4]

Azusa Unified School Board
Member Zone Board Position Term Ends
Normal Jean Johnson 1 2014 Secretary
Charlie C.E. McAdoo 2 2017 Member
Leslie Fisken 3 2015 Member
Tara Shephard 4 2017 Member
Jody Carreiro 5 2014 Member
Tommy Branch 6 2015 Member
Dianne Curry 7 2015 President

Budget

The Little Rock School District's budget is published on its website.[5]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $186,267,685 56.1% $15,592,417 4.7% $33,415,011 10.1% $16,730,484 5% $80,296,765 24.2% $332,302,262
2012-2013 $191,685,565 56.7% $13,227,267 3.9% $35,071,731 10.4% $14,684,557 4.3% $83,616,462 24.7% $338,285,582
Averages: $188,976,625 56% $14,409,842 4% $34,243,371 10% $15,707,520.5 5% $81,956,613.5 24% $335,293,922

Teacher salaries

Little Rock School District employs over 1,800 certified teachers at 50 schools. The following is the salary schedule for teachers based on a 9 1/4 month (192 day) schedule.[6]

LRSD FY12-13 Salary Schedule
PAY GRADE Bachelors Bachelors +12 Bachelors +24 Masters/Bachelors +36 Masters +15 Masters +30
1 $34,206 $35,916 $37,626 $39,369 $41,125 $42,955
2 $34,863 $36,574 $38,284 $40,027 $41,803 $43,612
3 $35,521 $37,232 $38,942 $40,685 $42,461 $44,270
4 $36,873 $38,547 $40,257 $42,001 $43,777 $45,586
5 $38,152 $39,863 $41,573 $43,316 $45,092 $46,901
6 $39,468 $41,178 $42,889 $44,632 $46,408 $48,217
7 $40,783 $42,494 $44,204 $45,947 $47,724 $49,532
8 $42,099 $43,810 $45,520 $47,263 $49,039 $50,848
9 $43,415 $45,125 $46,836 $48,579 $50,355 $52,163
10 $44,731 $46,441 $48,151 $49,894 $51,670 $53,479
11 $46,046 $47,756 $49,467 $51,210 $52,986 $54,795
12 $47,632 $49,072 $50,782 $52,525 $54,301 $56,111
13 $48,677 $50,388 $52,098 $53,841 $55,617 $57,426
14 $49,993 $51,703 $53,413 $55,157 $56,932 $58,742
15 $51,308 $53,019 $54,729 $56,472 $58,248 $60,057
16 $52,624 $54,334 $56,044 $57,788 $59,564 $61,373
17 $57,360 $59,104 $60,880 $62,688
18 $60,419 $62,195 $64,004
19 $63,511 $65,319
20 $66,635

Schools in Little Rock

District schools

Little Rock School District operated 50 schools listed below in alphabetical order.[7]

Little Rock School District
Name
Bale Elementary School
Baseline Elementary School
Booker Elementary School
Brady Elementary School
Carver Elementary School
Central High School
Chicot Elementary School
Cloverdale Middle School
Dodd Elementary School
Don R. Roberts Elementary School
Dunbar Middle School
Fair Park Elementary School
Felder Learning Academy
Forest Heights Middle School
Forest Park Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Fulbright Elementary School
Geyer Springs Elementary School
Gibbs Magnet Elementary School
Hall High School
Hamilton Learning Academy
Henderson Middle School
J.A. Fair High School
Jefferson Elementary School
King Elementary School
Mabelvale Elementary School
Mabelvale Middle School
Mann Middle School
McClellan High School
McDermott Elementary School
Meadowcliff Elementary School
Metropolitan Career Technical Center
Otter Creek Elementary School
Parkview High School
Pulaski Heights Elementary School
Pulaski Heights Middle School
Rockefeller Elementary School
Romine Elementary School
Stephens Elementary School
Terry Elementary School
Wakefield Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
Watson Elementary School
Western Hills Elementary School
Williams Elementary School
Wilson Elementary School
Woodruff Elementary School

Academic performance

Adequate yearly progress by year:[8]

Aqequate Yearly Progress 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010
Achieving Standards N/A 8 7
First Year Not to Meet Standards (Alert) N/A 5 7
Year One of Targeted School Improvement N/A 4 1
Year Two of Targeted School Improvement N/A 0 1
Targeted Corrective Action N/A 2 0
Targeted Intensive School Improvement N/A 0 0
Targeted Restructuring N/A 1 0
Year One of Whole School Improvement 4 5 6
Year Two of Whole School Improvement 7 0 3
Whole School Corrective Action 4 4 3
Whole School Intensive Improvement N/A 2 3
Whole School Intensive Restructuring 12 1 2
State Directed N/A 10 11

State of Arkansas Reading Scores 2011-2012 - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Little Rock School District Proficient/Advanced Percentage
Grade Number of Students Tested Below Basic Basic Proficient Advanced
3rd 1,900 15% 16% 28% 56%
4th 1,942 6% 17% 35% 42%
5th 1,935 4% 18% 42% 36%
6th 1,617 10% 32% 37% 21%
7th 1,670 5% 29% 38% 28%
8th 1,685 8% 26% 41% 25%

State of Arkansas Math Scores 2011-2012 - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Little Rock School District Proficient/Advanced Percentage
Grade Number of Students Tested Below Basic Basic Proficient Advanced
3rd 1,900 1% 4% 24% 71%
4th 1,942 14% 17% 32% 36%
5th 1,935 20% 20% 32% 28%
6th 1,617 21 22% 27% 30%
7th 1,670 22% 20% 37% 21%
8th 1,685 29% 24% 33% 14%

Issues

Arming employees

In early 2013, the Little Rock School District School Board addressed the issue of hiring armed security guards at district buildings. School board Vice President Greg Adams, urged further consideration of the issue. "“It concerns me that if we focus on something that is so unusual and so rare that we may take our eyes off of other areas,” he said, adding that students are more likely to die from suicide or drowning than from a school shooting."[9] The Arkansas Attorney General condemned the practice of arming teachers in order to improve school safety.[10]

Contact information

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Little Rock School District
Administration Building
810 Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:501-477-1000

Website evaluation

Last rated on September 10, 2012.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Elected officials' names and email addresses are listed.[4]
  • Meeting dates[11], agendas[12], and minutes[13][14] are available.
  • Audits and budgets are posted.[15] Revenue sources are listed in budget documents.
  • An administrative directory is posted with employee phone numbers.[16]
  • Pay scales and employee contracts are posted.[17][18]
  • Academic reports are posted.[19]

The bad

  • Elected officials' telephone numbers are not posted.
  • Administrative officials' email addresses are not posted.
  • Freedom of Information request information is not available.
  • Background check details are not posted.

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