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Little Rock School District breaks ground on new K-8 facility



Little Rock, Arkansas – The construction of a new school in Little Rock is underway.

The Dr. Marian G. Lacey K-8 Academy is going up where McClellan High was.

With 64 classrooms, six labs, and eight fine arts classrooms, Lacey Academy will be a jewel in the LRSD crown. The school will also include a tornado shelter, a first for the district.

According to LRSD Director of Elementary Education Darian Smith, the school will bear the name of an educator who was jewel herself to the district and her students.

“Doctor and Mrs. Lacey were my Sunday school teachers. From that young age all the way through college, she pushed me, she challenged me she checked on me,” Smith recalled. “I remember my freshman year in Morehouse College I got a knock on my dorm room door, they came down for a campus visit but could not leave without checking on me.”

Lacey K-8 Academy will serve 1,400 students from Cloverdale, Baseline, and Meadowcliff schools, and is scheduled to be finished in late 2023.


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