Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore
held a news conference this afternoon at McClellan High to announce that he’d be releasing at 5 p.m. today on the web the “blueprint” for facility use and other plans for the school district.

The release will be followed by community meetings and a meeting of the community advisory board appointed by Education Commissioner Johnny Key. Key, ultimately, is in charge of the district under state control. He’s undoubtedly been kept informed of developments though he’ll have the final call.


In today’s announcement, Poore took pains to say things HAVE been improving in the district, including in facility work. Johnny Key apparently feels otherwise with his desire to be able to more easily fire teachers and perhaps some administrators as well but waiving the teacher fair dismissal law for certified employees.

The plan will include some specifics on:


* The new southwest Little Rock high school and selection of leadership.

* Conversion of McClellan to a K-8 school.


* Changes in elementary schools and in the west and central parts of the city.

But Poore kept the important stuff under wraps.  Others have long been under discussion.