Architect unveils plans for Rogers 17th Elementary School

ROGERS – School board members Tuesday received an update on plans for the district’s 17th elementary school and approved a ceiling price for the remodeling of Eastside Elementary.

The precinct’s 17th elementary school will be built on the corner of North Second Street and Stratton Road, just west of the city airport.

Assistant Superintendent Charles Lee told the board the plan is to start construction in December and open the building to students in August 2024.

It’s unclear what the cost will be – that will be determined closer to the start of construction – but Lee said it will certainly be more than $25 million.

The district hopes for financial help from the state. State education officials have agreed to give the district $2.4 million in twinning funding for the school, but whether that goes through depends on how much money the state legislature decides to put into the twinning program during next year’s legislative session, he said Lee.

Hight Jackson Associates is the architect and Flintco will be the construction management company for the project.

Randall Hurban, a vice president of Hight Jackson, presented additional details about the elementary school, including renders and a map showing where the building will be located.

The school will be built on the western half of the 30 hectare site. A property entrance near the corner of Second Street and Stratton Road on the east side of the property will allow about 800 feet from the street to the building entrance, minimizing traffic that backs up on the street during pickup and drop-off times, Hurban said.

The building will have three wings, with the middle wing consisting of two floors — kindergarten through second grade classrooms on the first floor and third through fifth grade classrooms on the second floor, he said. The north wing will house the gymnasium, kitchen and dining area, and rooms for music and art; the south wing will have a computer lab, media center and other classrooms.

The building’s design and colors will have an aviation theme given its proximity to the airport, Hurban said.

Fairview Elementary School was the last new school Rogers opened in 2019. Fairview and 17th Elementary School were made possible by a 2017 approved Millage increase in district voters.

Also at Tuesday’s board meeting, the board unanimously approved a maximum guaranteed price of $13,403,363 for a remodeling project at Eastside Elementary School.

The district will allocate approximately $4.2 million of its elementary and high school emergency funds to these costs. The other $9.2 million will come from county building funds, Lee said.

The Eastside project is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed by August 2023, Lee said. Planned improvements include a new secure entrance at the front of the building; a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; new flooring; new classroom cabinets and cubbies; a fire alarm upgrade; and kitchen upgrades.

The school, located at 505 E. New Hope Road, was built in 1972 and serves about 480 students in preschool through fifth grade, administrators said.

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