The administrative staff of LRSD and I have determined that we should proceed with the planning, design and construction of a new middle school in west Little Rock and a new high school in southwest Little Rock. These projects were envisioned by the former board of LRSD in the broader context of a millage increase and bond issue. I believe these projects can be planned, designed, constructed and equipped using existing revenues. These projects can be the beginning of a new and more fulfilling era for our district if we can work together. We will put each project on a fast track.