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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sabin asks reconsideration of Kurrus ouster

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 10:46 AM

This turkey is baked, but Little Rock voices conitinue to object to the Hutchinson administration's replacement of Baker Kurrus as Little Rock superintendent with a Bentonville school administrator. From Rep. Warwick Sabin, who represents a portion of the Little Rock School District:

By any measure, Baker Kurrus has been an exemplary leader of the Little Rock School District during his brief tenure as superintendent. Through his unique combination of charisma, empathy, and business acumen, he has been able to build trust among a diverse group of stakeholders and create a viable plan to overcome the numerous challenges facing LRSD at this time.

With that in mind, it is difficult to understand why he would not be asked to continue his service beyond June 30th. If anything, LRSD is in desperate need of the stability and competence that he is already providing. Furthermore, the decision to replace someone who is a longtime Little Rock resident, LRSD parent, and a former LRSD school board member with someone with no ties to this community is a managerial and political error.

I strongly urge the state Department of Education and the state Board of Education to reconsider this decision and allow Baker Kurrus to continue his service as superintendent, if he is willing. Even without a democratically-elected school board in place, Little Rock deserves to have a voice in the governance of its school district and input into decisions that fundamentally affect its economy and quality of life.

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