LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Next school year, the Little Rock School District is looking to cut $10 million from the budget due to the loss of desegregation funding that will cut $37 million annually. Now a group of LRSD administrators, parents, and community members make up the Facilities Utilization Committee to discuss options.
"That will be some things considered for closure, but also what are some things we need to think for our future in terms of utilization," said LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore
The first of several meetings was held on Wednesday night.
"We have a starting point in cutting the budget, we have a starting point in getting the district back on the right track," said committee member Roberta Cross.
A capacity study will determine whether each school is being used to its potential and what changes could be made. It will determine how many students can fit in each room and attend each school.
"We're walking in every building, checking every space, looking at how the school uses that space," said Educational Consultant Dr. John Kerr.
The district has put out a list of possibilities to save money next year that includes the closure of 3 to 4 schools. A list of which schools could be considered and other options will be discussed at future meetings.
"Right now we’re just building their capacity of where things stand in our district," Poore said. "I think we had a good start, really the bigger part of our work starts in November."
LRSD hopes to have plans in place by the new year.