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In June 2004 a divided Little Rock School Board hired Roy Brooks as superintendent. In the years that have followed a sparring match between Brooks and members of the Board has lead to a heavily divided board along racial lines. In 2007 another divided board voted to buy out Brooks' contract. The division continues as the board hires an interim superintendent, attempts to settle the more than 40-year-old desegregation lawsuit, and look to choosing a new full-time superintendent.
Editor's Note: The following articles were published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette during this time period. The purpose of this section is to give readers an opportunity to read background stories that have come piecemeal over years of debate.

Districts, 6 schools off list of distressed

updated: 02/13/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

The Lee County and Strong-Huttig school districts are no longer labeled by the state as "academically distressed," clearing the way for the release of the Lee County district from state control.

No course set yet for LR district, state says

posted: 02/13/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Education Department leaders reported Thursday that there is no plan yet for improving the Little Rock School District's academically troubled schools.

LR School Board member-elect Michael Peterson dies

posted: 11/01/2012 12:27 p.m. Discuss

A recently elected Little Rock School Board member has died, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has confirmed.

LR School Board seeks input in superintendent search

updated: 03/04/2011 12:52 p.m. Discuss

The Little Rock School Board is seeking input from the community on what it should look for in a superintendent.

Daugherty wins re-election to keep School Board seat

posted: 10/09/2007 9:05 p.m.

Long-time incumbent Mike Daugherty was re-elected to the Zone 2 seat on the Little Rock School Board on Tuesday.

School race sends incumbent to runoff

posted: 09/19/2007 2:04 a.m.

Incumbent Little Rock School Board member Mike Daugherty and challenger Anna Swaim ended Tuesday's four-person race for the Zone 2 position on the Little Rock School Board in a dead heat and headed for an Oct. 9 runoff.

LR School Board OKs bonus plan

posted: 09/09/2007 6:01 a.m.

A pilot program to pay bonuses to Meadowcliff Elementary School faculty and staff based on the achievement gains of their students won Little Rock School Board approval Thursday.

Post-Brooks LR School Board race seen pivotal

posted: 09/09/2007 4:03 a.m.

On the brink of the Central High integration anniversary and in the wake of a racially divided fight over a now-former superintendent, Little Rock School Board incumbent Mike Daugherty is dodging most media and public forums and relying on endorsements and yard signs to win re-election Sept. 18 against three opponents.

Court ends hold on cash for Brooks

posted: 08/29/2007 2:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed $635,000 in settlement checks to former Little Rock School District Superintendent Roy Brooks and his associates to be distributed and cashed without fear of court penalties.

High court issues stay in Brooks case appeal

posted: 08/25/2007 3:48 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court entered the fray on Friday over the $635,000 buyout of former Little Rock School District Superintendent Roy Brooks.

With Brooks out door, Watson in charge today

posted: 08/24/2007 2:20 a.m.

Linda Watson today will assume the job of interim superintendent of the 26,000-student Little Rock School District, succeeding Roy Brooks, who left the position Thursday after a $635,000 district buyout of his contract.

School Board, Brooks reach an agreement

posted: 08/22/2007 1:32 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board and outgoing Superintendent Roy Brooks agreed Tuesday afternoon to a $635,000 buyout package for Brooks.

Brooks case sent up chain for ruling

posted: 08/18/2007 3:09 a.m.

A group of Little Rock School District residents challenging the constitutionality of the School Board's plan to buy out Superintendent Roy Brooks for half a million dollars or more took their case Friday to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

$550,000 is on table to go; Brooks says no

posted: 08/15/2007 2:18 a.m.

The Little Rock School District has offered Superintendent Roy Brooks $550,000 to buy out his contract, an amount that School Board President Katherine Mitchell said Tuesday evening is "the bottom line." But Brooks said he is entitled to more.

Brooks buyout details in flux

posted: 08/10/2007 3:28 a.m.

Attorneys are attempting to hash out the particulars of a buyout agreement with outgoing Little Rock School District Superintendent Roy Brooks and, at the same time, draft a contract for the interim superintendent who will take over when he leaves.






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