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North Little Rock | New stadium coming along

Photo by Greg Rayburn Construction workers build a roadway and underground infrastructure at the site of the new football stadium in North Little Rock.Buy Photo
Photo by Greg Rayburn Construction workers build a roadway and underground infrastructure at the site of the new football stadium in North Little Rock.

Construction crews continue to revamp the North Little Rock School District as a result of the passage of a school levy about two years ago.

Phase 1 of the Capital Improvement Plan includes new schools for Amboy Elementary, Boone Park Elementary, Lakewood Elementary and Meadow Park Elementary, according to Kelly Rodgers, superintendent of the North Little Rock School District.

“It seems like only yesterday when our district was winding down a successful school year and celebrating the accomplishments of our students,” Rodgers said. “Parents, students and staff are now enjoying the new school year in North Little Rock with the anticipation of 13 new or remodeled campuses.”

All four elementary schools will feature modern, state-of-the-art spaces, furniture and fixtures to continue the district’s vision of education, he said.

“Phase 1 also includes new construction at the high school campus, including building two of the four Small Learning Centers and a new stadium,” he said.

The district broke ground on all five projects about a year ago with a series of ceremonies engaging students, parents, faculty, staff and neighbors, he said. The summer was spent getting sites ready and prepped for construction.

Site construction at the high school began in about nine months ago and is complete, he said.

At the beginning of December, with the conclusion of the football season, crews began clearing out the historic North Little Rock stadium and started abatement for demolition.

“The turf was also removed,” he said. “The new North Little Rock stadium should be completed by September just in time for the 2014 football season.”

North Little Rock High School broke ground on May 21, 2013 and was complete later in the year.

The foundations of the Small Learning Center 1 was to be done by May with the building itself estimated to be completed by March 2015.

The demolition of houses on the east side of Main Street is taking place in preparation for more parking.

“Eventually, 500 spaces will be available on the new lot for students and staff,” Rodgers said. “Eventually, 500 spaces will be available on the new lot for students and staff. The district continues to work closely with the City of North Little Rock to build a medium by which pedestrians may cross Main Street in the safest way possible, as well as create slow-down lanes. This safety measure would also greatly enhance aesthetics for the high school as well as the community.”

In order to keep associated costs down, the district is working with the city to explore funding for these crossing areas.

“The city of North Little Rock has been a true partner in construction decisions and we appreciate their efforts,” Rodgers said.

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