Horace Mann Middle School shows off new Fine Arts wing

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    • (Photo: Steve Payne, THV11)
    • (Photo: Steve Payne, THV11)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Horace Mann Arts and Sciences Magnet Middle School held a dedication for its newest addition-a new Fine Arts wing.

    The $4.3 million, 11,614 square foot building was dedicated and will become home to 2 dance studios with dressing rooms, a piano lab, a recital hall, and band and orchestra rooms.

    Pamela Smith, with the Little Rock School District, said the original school size was 126,552 square feet, but the new wing brings the total to 134,206.

    Principal Patricia Boykin said the new facility is much welcomed.

    "At one time, these classrooms were housed in the east part of the building, and it flooded all the time so every time there was a big rain, we dreaded it because we knew that the next day the rooms were going to be flooded," said Boykin.

    Smith added that the music and dance rooms were built around the existing auditorium, so students can access the new wing without having to go outside.

    In addition to repositioning the bus drop off and building a new circular entrance canopy, the existing exterior corridor on the north side of the auditorium, connecting the classroom building to the main entrance, was enclosed.

    Horace Mann Middle School was originally built in 1955 as a new campus for African-American students.

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