New NLR elementary school first to open in districtwide overhaul

Posted: July 21, 2014 at 3:55 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --06/25/14-- North Little Rock School District deputy superintendent Beth Stewart, left, tours the district's new Meadow Park Elementary School with principal Chris Sierra, right, and other district administrators. Amboy, Lakewood and Boone Park Elementary schools as well as North Little Rock High School are also new construction projects for the North Little Rock School District.

For the first time in nearly 45 years, the North Little Rock School District will start this school year with the opening of a newly constructed school -- a new Meadow Park Elementary to replace a building with the same name in the Prothro Junction area of the city.

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