The North Little Rock School District has scheduled the first of several community meetings today starting at 5:30 p.m. The first meeting is slated to take place at the district’s administration office located at 2700 N. Poplar St., North Little Rock, to be held in the building’s board room.


According to a release issued by the school district, the first community meeting will cover topics such as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing the district.


In addition, administrators and board members are supposed to discuss the loss of desegregation funds and the necessary cuts that will have to be implemented once the desegregation dollars are lost.


Other topics on today’s agenda include policies of unused sick leave, longevity pay, holiday pay, and the district’s IB Program.


The public is invited to attend the meeting. Today’s meeting is the first.


District officials did receive questions from some parents about why the first meeting was slated on the same night of the NLRSD Elementary children’s choir concert.


Following the question, the district released a statement which commented, “There are three additional meetings planned for the month of April. Hopefully, interested parties will be able to make one of the dates work.”


The community meetings are designed to discuss the district’s future. They are slated as school officials near the completion phase of major building construction and renovation projects that were undertaken started several years ago following voters approving a major bond levy request.


“The North Little Rock School District Board of Education will hold community meetings to provide an update as well as solicit feedback on future plans for the district,” according to a district release. “Please save the date and make plans to join us.”


The NLRSD board will hold its next community meeting on Tuesday, April 11, at Amboy Elementary School located at 101 Auburn Drive, North Little Rock. The Amboy Elementary meeting will also be held at 5:30 p.m.


The third community meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 18, at Seventh Street Elementary School located at 1200 Bishop Lindsey Drive, North Little Rock. The Seventh Street Elementary School meeting also will begin at 5:30 p.m.


The final community meeting to be held this month is slated for Tuesday, April 25, Ridge Road Elementary School located at 4601 Ridge Road, North Little Rock. The final meeting is also set to begin at 5:30 p.m.