Students will see a new person at the helm at North Little Rock High School this year as Scott Jennings, 47, was named as the new principal earlier.


Jennings is currently the principal of Beebe High School and is a former principal of Cabot Junior High. In his 24 years in education, Jennings has taught science and history and coached football and track.


Jennings’ background provides notable strengths in both instructional leadership and integration of community resources within the school setting. In 2013, he was named Administrator of the Year.


Jennings has been married to Vikki for 19 years, and the couple has two sons, both of whom will attend North Little Rock High School.


Following his selection, Jennings said, “I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve as the [new] principal. Everyone I have met in North Little Rock through this process has been wonderful! I can’t wait to get started serving the students, staff, and community of North Little Rock.“


The School District is in the process of gearing up for the 2017-18 school year.


Individuals whose children would qualify for free and reduced meals still have time to apply. Children living in households whose monthly income falls within the Income Guidelines released by the USDA for free meals. Children who are receiving SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF, FDPIR, and most Foster children can receive free priced meals, according to a release issued by the school district.


Children living in households whose monthly income falls within the Income Guidelines released by the USDA for reduced meals can receive reduced meals.


For families with more than one child, they don’t have to fill out more than one application. .”An application can be filled out for all of the students in your household unless one or more of the students are Foster children. They should be submitted on an application by themselves. Please be sure that the application is complete; it cannot be approved until it is complete,” according to a release issued by the school district.


To get reduced or free meals, children do not have to be U.S. citizens.


“Neither you nor your children have to be U.S. citizens to receive Free and Reduced price meals,” according to the release. “You must include all of the people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relative, or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you.”


Military families have to include cash benefits they receive on their applications.


“Military benefits received in cash, such as housing allowances for military households, Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) and food or clothing allowances, must be considered as income. An in-kind benefit where the household receives no cash is not counted,” according to the release.


All household members must be included on applications.


“You must include all of the people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relative, or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you,” added the release.


All elementary students in the North Little Rock School District can receive a free healthy breakfast and lunch at school during the 2017-2018 school year.


You do not have to pay any money or fill out any forms.


You do need to send your elementary children to school between the hours of 7:20 and 7:50 a.m. Breakfast will be part of the academic day. Lunch will be served by scheduled grade.


“Our school is getting free meals for all elementary students as part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program through a choice for schools called the Community Eligibility Provision. We are excited and ready to serve our elementary students, plus save you time and money,” according to the school release.