The new superintendent of the Little Rock School District has only been in office for a couple of days but he may already be striking a different chord with at least a few of those critical of the state-run district's first steps to lift six of the district's 40-plus schools out of academic distress.
Newly-appointed Superintendent Baker Kurrus said during an interview Thursday he is making inclusion in the decision-making process an early priority.
“Say what you want to about the former board. I want their help, I want everybody’s help. I don’t want people to beat me up you know, but I can do the cow in the hail storm thing. Sometimes you just need to sit there and take it. But after that’s over with and people say whatever it is they want to say I still want their help and I will be there to listen,” said Kurrus.
Under former Superintendent Dexter Suggs, who resigned last month amidst plagiarism allegations, the majority of the state-dissolved school board routinely criticized planning as secretive and exclusionary. Several of those members have already been contacted by Kurrus.
The superintendent will be at Rockefeller Elementary at 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening. The meeting is open to the public.
The state dissolved the locally-elected school board in late January.