BY LEANN DILBECK –
Ouachita River School District will soon open bids for the construction of a new 10,000 s.f., $2 million cafetorium. The district will open bids September 1. Superintendent Jerry Strasner told The Pulse that the district received $800,000 through State Facilities Partnership Funds to go towards the construction and the district has allocated $1.2 million. Strasner commended the district’s board, faculty, and staff for their commitment in bringing this much anticipated project into fruition. “The vision for this began three years ago. We began assessing the district’s facilities and all agreed upon the need for this new cafetorium. Everyone made the commitment and pulled together so that we could save the funds to make this happen for our students.”
No millage increases were requested, and the district is able to pay cash for the project with no financing, an accomplishment that Strasner credits the staff of ORSD with, “Thank you to everyone in the district. We strive to be good stewards of their money.” ORSD has the 8th lowest millage rate in the state of Arkansas.
The district currently feeds approximately 540 students in a 3,227 s.f. space. To accommodate, the district begins feeding lunch at 10:30 a.m. to get all of the students through. With the new cafetorium, lunches will be able to begin at 11 a.m.
Currently, site-work is underway. Ground breaking is expected in early October with an anticipated completion date of December 2018.