With construction under way at North Little Rock High School-West Campus, students and faculty will have to park in unfamiliar territory Monday, the first day of the 2014-15 school year.
The North Little Rock School District on Friday released detailed maps of the parking that show which areas will be designated for faculty, seniors, juniors and sophomores. The recently purchased land between Main and Poplar streets will provide students 250 spaces initially, with an additional 150 spaces expected to open by mid-September, according to North Little Rock Superintendent Kelly Rodgers.
Rodgers also said plenty of faculty parking will be available adjacent to the lot for juniors and seniors, as well as on the west side of campus near the athletic arena and police and fire departments.
While some nearby organizations have offered the temporary use of their properties to the school if additional parking space is needed, Rodgers said he didn't anticipate that would be necessary.
However, with the student population growing from 1,200 to 1,800 this year, he encouraged students to use carpools and school buses, if possible, to ensure enough parking space for everyone. "That really helped us last year, and we think it will help this year," Rodgers said.
The district is constructing a new high school and football stadium at the campus, which until this year had served 11th- and 12th-graders. Once completed, the campus will house 3,000 ninth- through 12th-graders. The $108 million project, which is part of the district's $265.5 million capital improvement program, is expected to be completed by the 2016-17 school year.