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LRSD Moves Forward With Controversial Land Purchase

LRSD leaders decide not to put a deal to buy 40 acres on hold despite community opposition.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Little Rock School District leaders have decided to move forward with a controversial deal despite requests from parents and community members.

On Monday night, community members pressed district leaders to put plans on hold to buy 40 acres of land to build a new high school in southwest Little Rock. Parents and neighbors complained the board selected the land without working with the community.

The space is being called, "Richsmith" due to it's location. It's located off I-30 and Mabelvale Pike.

The board's president said the move was to help develop better facilities for students, putting them first.

"We have to do everything within our power to equip them with the necessary tools and technology to accomplish that goal," said LRSD board president Dianne Curry during the Monday night meeting.

Curry confirms that the board is planning to sign the deal on Thursday. District leaders say they will keep the community in the loop on future plans for the new space.

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