Public hearing tonight for PCSSD facilities plan

A public meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. for tonight, Thursday, Dec. 16, for the facilities master plan for the Pulaski County Special School District.

The meeting will be held in the boardroom at the administration building on Dixon Road in Little Rock.

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A special school board meeting has also been called and it will start at 5:30 p.m.

To view the agenda for the special call meeting, click here. The meeting will for a bond presentation by Stephens, Inc. and for the agenda for the public hearing that follows, click here.

The public meeting is required and the “plan will be submitted to the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation,” district spokeswoman Jessica Duff said in a release.

The plan will be presented and the meeting will also include public comments.

The meetings will be livestreamed but comments will only be allowed from those in attendance at the hearing.

In November, voters overwhelmingly approved a millage that would allow current district bonds to be restructured that would in turn free up money for construction projects across the district.

That money would be used to fund a total of 10 projects to expand and improve campuses along with new facilities.

The 10 projects would cost nearly $80 million with improvements to seven campuses, along with three projects that would make the district more efficient.

The restructuring would extend the end payment date to 2048. Currently, the bonds would be paid off in 2032 and 2035.

The previous bonds were issued in 2012, 2016 and 2017 after approval from voters in the school district. The tax rate would remain unchanged.

Maumelle is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the approved restructuring.

Not counting lighting and software improvements that would be district-wide, Maumelle would have $15 million in multiple projects slated for its high school campus.

The largest is $11 million for new baseball and softball fields, as well as an indoor practice facility that would be used by all sports teams at the school. There’s also $4 million for the Northwest Transportation Hub that would be at the high school.

The projects, with dollar amounts

  • Robinson High: expansion to increase enrollment to 1,500 students … $35 million

  • Maumelle High: indoor practice facility, softball and baseball fields … $11 million

  • New Northwest Transportation Pound at Maumelle High … $4 million

  • Mills High: multi-purpose facility … $15 million

  • Baker Elementary: expansion to increase enrollment to 700 students … $5 million

  • Harris Elementary: modifications and facility improvements … $3 million

  • College Station Elementary: modifications and facility improvements … $3 million

  • District lighting upgrades … $2 million

  • Sylvan Hills High: band room … $1 million

  • Software integration upgrades … $1 million (contingent on others first being completed)