TASD still on pace for Arkansas Middle School March 8 opening

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TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Arkansas School District (TASD) says they are still on pace to open the new Arkansas Middle School on March 8.

The new middle school will house sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students, who will be coming over from North Heights Junior High.

The seventh and eighth graders are moving in spring semester 2021; the sixth graders will get a fresh start in the fall as they begin the 2021-22 school year at the campus.

“There is definitely a buzz of excitement in the air as our team of teachers and students prepare to transition to Arkansas Middle School,” Principal Theresa Cowling said. “I have enjoyed being part of this historic moment; it is not every day that you have an opportunity to move into a new facility like our new middle school.”

The new school began in 2017 with restructuring bonds to finance the $26 million building project. TASD also received $6 million from the Arkansas Academic Facilities Partnership Program to help with the construction of the new school.

“This is an exciting time for our district and the community,” Superintendent Dr. Kesler. “Trice Elementary was built in 1983, and it was the newest school in the Texarkana Arkansas School District. We are pleased that the district was able to build the new middle school without an increase to taxpayers.”

The new middle school is 125,000 square feet and is on 31 acres. The new campus will house 1,000 students and has state-of-the-art science and computer labs in addition to two band halls and two gymnasiums.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be announced at a later time, the district says.