BY LEANN DILBECK –
Ouachita River School District accepted a $1.905 million “turn key” bid for the construction of their new 10,000 plus s.f. cafetorium during their Tuesday night board meeting. The general contractor will be Petree Construction based out of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Following the meeting board members held a grand breaking prior to the district’s annual Blue Gold Alumni basketball game that officially kicks off the season for Acorn teams.
Superintendent Jerry Strasner told The Pulse that the district received $800,000 through State Facilities Partnership Funds to go towards the construction and that his board and staff have worked diligently over the last three years to budget for the remaining cost of the project of which he commended them for their commitment in bringing this much anticipated project into fruition. Strasner said administration began assessing the district’s facilities and all agreed upon the need for a new cafetorium and that everyone made the commitment so that the district could save the funds to make this happen for the 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 district’s faculty and staff with. Ouachita River School District has the 8th lowest millage rate in the state of Arkansas. The anticipated completion of the project is December 2018.