Ideas offered on new use of North Little Rock’s Ole Main building

A task force has presented the North Little Rock School Board with a plan to turn the vacant Ole Main High School building into a place that would house the school district’s central office and provide a home to various programs from around the city.

School Board members on Thursday discussed ways to prioritize a facilities-project list that could take advantage of projected savings from bond refinancing.

“The potential project list are just things we have discussed in the past,” said Brian Brown, chief financial officer for the school district. “We have looked into these projects and got estimates on what those things may cost.”

One of the projects was a complete renovation of the Ole Main building. The estimated cost for renovating the old high school into an office complex was $11,418,570.

Created in 2019, the Ole Main Task Force has spent the past year gathering community input to create a list of recommendations on ways to preserve Ole Main, which was built in 1928 but has stood empty since May 2016.

The proximity of the vacant building to North Little Rock’s current high school at 101 W. 22nd St. limits what can be done with the building. Officials

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