LRSD addresses concerns about building new high school

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     - Utilizing an existing site with a building already in existence

     - It site is already a part of community

     - A vast percentage of students live within two miles of the site

     - Transportation costs will be reduced

     - Attendance zone will potentially change in neighborhoods


     - Twenty portable classrooms would be needed to compensate for displaced students at a cost of $1.3 million

     - Construction noise will be a disruption to the learning environment and classroom space will be decreased for up to three years.

     - Dust and potential exposure to asbestos will create a student health and safety concern in the immediate vicinity of the work zone.

     - Since the property is landlocked, there will be no room for additional growth if the population grows significantly and will not allow for an accessible sports complex.

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock School District leaders addressed concerns Monday night about building a new high school in southwest Little Rock.

    Earlier this month the Board of Directors voted to delay a vote on a land purchase east of Mabelvale Pike for 30 days after parents raised questions. Pamela Smith, the district's communications director, said McClellan High School is in desperate need of repair.

    "We've identified the McClellan site as a possibility for a brand new, wonderful state-of-the-art school which focuses on STEM education, which of course is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," she said.

    The new site would be a state of the art facility that school district leaders hope will help transform LRSD into a nationally recognized model.

    The district said a new school has not been built in southwest Little Rock since Otter Creek in 1978. McClellan was built in 1965 and will continue to be used for educational purposes despite the outcome of the district's decision.

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