|Updated: 10/13/2011 11:46 pm
||Published: 10/13/2011 11:40 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Pulaski County Special School District presented its annual report to the public Thursday night. It marks the district’s first public meeting since it was taken over by the Arkansas Department of Education in June.
The new superintendent, Dr. Jerry Guess, stressed that although the district has undergone many changes, serving the nearly 18,000 students that attend PCSSD schools remain the center of its focus.
“Your teachers, coaches, counselors and principals will still be the educators you turn to, ensuring you receive the quality education you deserve. I, along with the District leadership team, am here to support them – and you this year,” said Guess.
Guess highlighted some of the gains the district is making: Increased enrollment, consistent increases in student test scores at the elementary level, and the opening of two new facilities in Sylvan Hills Middle School and Maumelle High School.
The meeting, which is mandated by state law, was sparsely attended. Only 22 people showed up, including media members sent to cover the event.
"22 folks here, makes you wonder where are the parents? Why are they not here?" asked parent Rodney Dardenne.
For parent Gerald Lee, the presentation did not answer his questions moving forward. "We have a lot of specific concerns not addressed in the meeting, some of the things with facilities and allocation of funds not being equally distributed."
A complete review of the district's finances is a key factor of the state's takeover. PCSSD is currently under legislative review by the Division of Legislative Audit. State supervision of the district could last for the next two years.