Michael Poore will begin the transition to Little Rock school superintendent June 13, the state Education Department announced today.

Michael Poore, the incoming Little Rock School District superintendent, will begin working at the district June 13 in a transitional role. This provides Poore and Superintendent Baker Kurrus the opportunity to collaborate on district matters prior to Poore starting as superintendent July 1.

During the transition, Poore and Kurrus will meet with the district’s leadership team and stakeholders and collaborate on pending matters.

Poore, who is currently the superintendent at the Bentonville School District, is using accrued vacation leave to fulfill the remainder of his contract at Bentonville. ADE will pay Poore $12,000 for the total days he will be working in this transitional role. Poore’s salary in this transitional role will be paid out of the Office of Intensive Support budget. The unit provides academic and technical advice to districts that are in state takeover.

Poore is to be paid $225,000, plus a car, phone and expenses. Kurrus, fired by Education Commissioner Johnny Key for his opposition to charter school expansion in Little Rock, is being paid $150,000 a year.