New LRSD Superintendent To Give Speech Laying Out His Vision For The District

Jul 4, 2016

Incoming Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore speaking to the Arkansas Board of Education in May.
Credit Jacob Kuaffman / KUAR News

After officially becoming superintendent of the Little Rock School District Friday, Michael Poore is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

A news release from the school says Poore, who has a two year contract, "will lay out his vision for the future of the district." It’s currently under state control because six of its schools have had chronically low student test scores.

Poore was named to the position by Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key after five years of leading the Bentonville district. Poore replaces Baker Kurrus who served a year.

While Poore has officially just begun his new position, he has spent the last several weeks in Little Rock transitioning into his new role. The release says Poore has developed "an entry plan that outlines a series of walking tours, a ten-phone-call-a-day approach to parents and staff, a Twitter town hall, and talks about kitchen tables." 

Poore will be making an annual salary of $225,000 a year, compared to $150,000 for Kurrus.

Poore’s speech Tuesday will at the Sturgis Hall on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center beginning at 12 p.m. It is free, but those interested are asked to reserve seats by emailing Poore’s remarks are also to be streamed live online here.