- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Education has picked Bentonville’s superintendent to lead the state-run Little Rock School District.

Education Commissioner Johnny Key announced Tuesday that Michael Poore will take over as Little Rock’s superintendent beginning July 1. Key announced late Monday that the state would not renew the contract of existing superintendent Baker Kurrus, who was appointed last year after the state took over the 24,000-student district.

Key said in a statement that Kurrus was “the right person to lead LRSD during a critical time of uncertainty” and that Poore will build on Kurrus’ accomplishments.

The news that Kurrus’ contract wasn’t renewed quickly drew criticism from Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and the president of the Little Rock Education Association.

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