TASD hosts groundbreaking for new middle school

TEXARKANA, Ark. - The Texarkana, Arkansas School District is celebrating a new chapter in its history.

Work is now underway on the district's new middle school.

It's been nearly forty years since the district has constructed a new school campus.

Their newest campus is Trice Elementary.

It was built in 1982.

School administrators, students, staff and community members gathered Friday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony.

The new facility will be built on more than 31 acres of land off Jefferson Avenue, north of I-30.

The value of the property is $30,000 per acre.

The plans include four wings, each with their own administrator and workroom.

There's no tax increase to build in the middle school.

Funding will come from a $20 million bond restructure voters approved in 2017.

"I think we're in a very good place financially. As far as we know, it will come in just as we planned and be able to finish on time and get those kids moved in on time," said Becky Kesler, TASD Superintendent.

The new school will serve about 1,000 students in grades 6th through 8th.

Once construction is complete, students from North Heights Junior High and the Sixth-Grade Academy will move to the new campus.

The new middle school is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2021.

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