The Little Rock School Board last night received a consultant’s plan for facility improvement last night. It will be subject to revision. Its $500 million scope means, as all knew, that it couldn’t be accomplished without a tax millage campaign. It will be fraught with problems — not the least tepid community support for the district, the skimming of students by proliferating charter schools and unstinting criticism from Walton-paid lobbyists, which was already underway on social media last night by their paid lobbyist Gary Newton. The Waltons don’t want LRSD to succeed because it gets in the way of their goal of charterizing the Little Rock school district. Also, LRSD collectively bargains with teachers, another no-no to the Billionaire Boys Club “reformers.”
In any case:
You can read all the details by going to the facilities master plan website.
As proposed, existing schools will remain open, with the possible exception of one middle school, though some are proposed for different uses, such as expanded pre-K. But the under-capacity use of some schools will require the district to fully defend retention of all schools, particularly if enrollment is not increasing. Superintendent Dexter Suggs is also going to have to demonstrate to a generally skeptical leadership group in the community that he can get serious about trimming administrative costs with the loss of desegregation money and the great classroom needs.