By Quinton Bagley
Little River News
The Arkansas Commission for Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation recently awarded 40 Arkansas school districts more than $103 million state funding for 56 campus construction, expansion and system replacement projects in the coming 2019-20 fiscal year.
One Little River County school, Foreman, received $4.3 million to build a new high school. The current building is 61 years old and like any building that old, has begun to show problems with the plumbing, electricity and sewage among others.
While plans have been in the works for the last two years, administrators said the total cost, which is unknown at this time, will exceed the $4.3 million and it will be up to voters to decide if they will fund the remainder by voting on a millage increase in September. It is also unknown at the present time how many mills the district will ask for.
During a special school board meeting on Monday, April 29, the board approved the hiring of Craig Boone from Architectural Plus in Fort Smith for upcoming building projects for the district.
The proposed 71,000 square foot facility will house students 7th through 12th grade. There are 240 students on the high school campus.
In 2000, voters approved a 7.5 millage increase for a new elementary school.