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Employees of Jonesboro Roofing Co. (from left) Scott Johnson, Tim Quin and Ellis Russell measure and cut metal trim for a back porch roof at the new women's residence hall at Williams Baptist College.
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Education-related construction
projects move forward

John Bland
Publisher

Several education-related construction projects in Lawrence County are progressing rapidly this summer. Building projects are underway at the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative, Sloan-Hendrix School, Walnut Ridge High School campus and at Williams Baptist College.

At Williams, construction is moving quickly on a new 43-bed residence hall for women. Enrollment surged at WBC's campus last fall, and the dorm population jumped 13 percent, at near capacity.

The residence hall is expected to cost approximately $1.75 million, and C.L. Clark of Clark General Contractors said the building should be completed in time for the fall semester.

The Lawrence County School District broke ground in February on a $4.6 million construction project at Walnut Ridge High School that includes a new science, fine arts and P.E./field house complex. The expected completion date is the spring of 2012.

School Supt. Terry Belcher said that electrical lines are now in the process of being brought to the construction site, located on the south side of the campus.

At the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative, construction is underway on an addition of approximately 3,000 square feet. The addition will house the Co-op's Early Childhood Services department.

Mandy Durham, coordinator of Early Childhood Services, said the addition is being partly funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Clark General Constractors was the low bidder on the project, which is expected to be finished around October.

Durham said the addition will give more space to her department and will also include a safe room to protect records and files as well as offer protection to staff in the event of severe weather.

On the Sloan-Hendrix School campus in Imboden, work is nearing completion on the addition of four new elementary or middle level classrooms. In recent days, dirt work was being done in preparation for new sidewalks for the addition. The classrooms are scheduled to be ready for use when the new school year begins in August.


Metal beams outline a new science building (background) under construction on the Walnut Ridge High School campus. The foundation for the fine arts and P.E./field house complex is also visible. In the foreground, Jerry Webb (from left) uses an excavator, while Chad Robbins and Josh Anderson check a trench for electrical wiring. The men are with Bay Electric Inc.


Terry Ditto (from left), Carlos Martinez and Bob Rice of Clark General Contractors work on construction of an addition to the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative in Walnut Ridge.


A four-classroom addition at the Sloan-Hendrix School campus in Imboden is scheduled for completion in time for the new school year.

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