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August 17, 2020

Transitioning from State Control, Adapting to New Learning, and Introducing a First-In-A-Half-Century High School

Superintendent Mike Poore on Transforming Little Rock School District

Like many school districts around the state, Little Rock’s has adapted to pandemic challenges with dexterity by delivering education, dispensing technology tools, food, and other support to its 23,000 students since their March 13 school closings.

Unique to the Little Rock School District, however, is another coinciding shock to the system. Under control of the state Board of Education since 2015, the district this year is rounding the final turn in its transition to local control. This fall, a newly elected school board will, with some limitations, take the helm from the state.

Meanwhile, the district opened doors in August to its first newly built high school in more than a half-century, Little Rock Southwest High. Its 400,000 square feet of state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities will not only serve some 2,200 students but also serve as a symbol of a transforming district.

Superintendent Mike Poore, appointed by the state to the position in June 2016, is architect of the makeover. He is a veteran of similar circumstances, having led a district in Colorado off the state’s academic watch list in only two years. Before taking the job in the state’s capital, he was superintendent of the Bentonville School District.

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