The first day of school gives many jitters, and the same is true for superintendents.
The incoming Little Rock superintendent Mike Poore started his first day on Monday. This is a transitional period for Poore, who comes from Bentonville. He officially takes over July 1.
Dana Bradley and her two kids spend their summer vacation outside, but when summer is over Bradley is looking forward to the next step in her daughter’s education.
“She learned how to spell and write her name at the Little Rock School District,” said Bradley.
Her daughter, who recently graduated Pre-K at LRSD will be attending kindergarten in the fall. She is aware of the superintendent shake-up and keeps her fingers crossed that Poore stays a while.
“I really hope this is the positive, final change,” she said.
Poore is starting his job early and wants to get acclimated with the city’s public school system.
“I’m real appreciative this has been set up this way so that I can have this kind of transition,” said Poore.
He says he’s glad to be here and can’t wait to work with all the players involved.
“We worked today to think about going to all seven zones. Go in, meet with people, just face to face,” said Poore.
Cathy Koehler, the Little Rock Education Association president says she understands the frustration some may have about the position’s turnover.
“There is a lot of angst about how all of this is been handled, however, that is not on Mr. Kurrus or Mr. Poore,” said Koehler. “I think when you meet Mr. Poore and you talk to him, he is such a warm open person. I think that it’s going to alleviate a lot of the angst that people have.”
Current Superintendent Baker Kurrus’ last day with the district will be on June 30th. During this transitional period, both men will be able to collaborate on district matters.