Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Reporter / Anchor

Sarah Whites-Koditschek is a reporter and anchor for KUAR 89.1.

She was a production assistant and reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia. She also interned at NPR’s Morning Edition in Los Angeles.

Sarah is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. She was a student at the Stabile Center For Investigative Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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The Little Rock School District held a press conference Tuesday at Baseline Elementary School to promote a summer literacy challenge that provides eBooks to kids. The LRSD fully implemented the MyOn program this year after a pilot with four elementary schools in 2013.

District superintendent Baker Kurrus said the program's aim is to improve literacy before the 4th grade.

“The major component that this fills for us is an off-site component where kids can read at home. It makes things simple, [and] provides books for kids when they may not have them at home,” he said.

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 The Jacksonville/ North Pulaski County School District is discussing the purchase of twelve school campuses and a bus lot from the Pulaski County Special School District.

PCSSD Superintendent Jerry Guess says the possible $11 million sale is part of the separation of Jacksonville from the district, approved by voters in November. Jacksonville plans to operate its schools alone by July of next year. 

After a busy news week in Arkansas, KUAR is proud to debut a new podcast featuring the station's news staff discussing key stories covered this week.

State Department of Education Building in Little Rock.
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The Arkansas State Board of Education took a step to divide the Pulaski County Special School District Wednesday.

The board approved an amended version of a report recommending the cities of Sherwood and Maumelle form their own districts.  Western portions of Little Rock would move from the PCSSD to join the Little Rock School District.

PCCSD Superintendent Jerry Guess told board members he thinks the changes will lead to greater inequity in schools.

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U.S. District Court judge Price Marshall denied the Jacksonville School District’s request to become a separate party in a long-running desegregation case involving the Pulaski County Special School District on Tuesday.

Superintendent Baker Kurrus sitting at his new desk in the LRSD administration building.
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Newly appointed Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus gave a report to the State Board of Education Thursday on his assessment of problems in the district. 

Kurrus said poor communication, budget issues, and a lack of respect between employees had led to a dysfunctional culture in the district.

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Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key appointed attorney and former Little Rock School Board member Baker Kurrus as superintendent of the Little Rock School District Tuesday.

Kurrus, who replaces Interim Superintendent Marvin Burton, will lead the district for a salary of $150,000. Former Superintendent Suggs made over $200,000.

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The Department of Community Correction is expanding a partnership with Arkansas Baptist College and area churches in Little Rock to teach prison inmates business skills for a transition back to society.  

The college opened its Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development Center Wednesday, funded in part by donations from local business leaders. College president, Fitz Hill, said he wants inmates to have a second chance through the center.

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Prison officials are looking to pay Arkansas businesses and non-profits to help address the state’s over-crowded prisons and 43 percent recidivism rate.

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Central Arkansas communities damaged by last year’s tornado are commemorating lives lost and continuing to rebuild as they mark the one-year anniversary of the storm that killed 16 and caused damage to dozens of businesses and homes. 

The mayor of Vilonia, James Firestone, said in an interview Monday the city recently built a new playground and re-opened its Veteran’s museum. He said Tuesday night the Vilonia City Council will vote on a “2030 plan,” to seek economic development funding.

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