UA Cossatot Receives Architect Renderings for Possible New Site in Lockesburg
DE QUEEN – UA Cossatot has received a rendering of the possible redesign of the old Lockesburg High School.
Currently, the campus of the old Lockesburg High School is the property of the De Queen School District. The De Queen Board of Education voted unanimously at their September meeting to deed to UA Cossatot the property of the old Lockesburg High School. Under the provisions of ACT 318 of the 89th General Assembly, consolidated school districts in Arkansas may elect to donate old buildings and property to community and technical colleges, as long as the property will be used for educational purposes. The UA Cossatot Board of Visitors recognized in September the donation of the same property, pending approval from the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees. The college asked their on-call architects, WD & D of Little Rock, to render a redesign of the property to maximize usage for the college and community.
“There is useable space at the facilities in Lockesburg,” said Dr. Steve Cole, Chancellor for UA Cossatot. “Provided it is economically feasible, we would love to place unique programs in Lockesburg. The old Lockesburg High School campus is a very strategic location for us as it is geographically situated between our three major campuses, not to mention it is at the crossroads of highways 371 and 71, which has a daily traffic count of close to 10,000,” Cole said. “I see this as being a win-win situation for the entire area, especially if we can make the finances work. I know local residents have had nothing but complementary things to say about the possibility of a Lockesburg location, but we still have some major hurdles to clear.”
With a campus in De Queen, Nashville and Ashdown, the Lockesburg location could strengthen the college’s non-credit programs, too.
“There is a great opportunity for non-credit educational services in this area, provided it is economically feasible for the college,” said Tammy Coleman, UA Cossatot’s Director for Workforce Education. “We also have many industries in the area that depend on our services for employee training. Because of its central location this could be an ideal place to offer that training.”
Pending the approval of several governing bodies, the redesign of Lockesburg High School could begin as soon as January 2014.