Texarkana School Board looks to fix center’s roofing woes

TEXARKANA — The Texarkana school board heard a presentation Thursday night from Lewis Architects Engineers about potential roof improvement projects at the June Little Center, the district’s maintenance complex and vocational building at Arkansas High School.

During the presentation, Steve Lewis said the materials and insulation for the projects would not be delivered until May or June 2022 if ordered today. Due to pricing and delivery complications, the bidding process for these materials has not yet begun.

Barry Murdock, director of support services, said the district does not yet have price estimates on what the roof renovation would cost, but he said material costs for the projects continue to rise.

The roofs in these locations are said to be in poor condition.

It remains to be seen how these potential projects will be paid for. Chief Inspector Dr. Becky said the only building that could potentially qualify for primary and secondary school emergency funding would be the high school vocational training/bodybuilding building.

The Interlocal and Texas Arkansas Purchasing Systems were also mentioned as possible financing options.

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