The Arkadelphia Planning Commission continued business on an agenda regarding the construction of the new Goza Middle School building during their July 20 meeting.

The Arkadelphia Planning Commission continued business on an agenda regarding the construction of the new Goza Middle School building during their July 20 meeting.
The item was tabled at the last meeting to allow a representative of the Arkadelphia Public School District to be present for interaction between the commission and school representatives.
Dr. Donnie Whitten, superintendent of the Arkadelphia Public School District, was unable to make the previous meeting. Whitten was at the July meeting with Daniel George of Hot Springs’ B&F Engineering.
The construction of the new Goza Middle School is slated to take place to the east of Arkadelphia High School’s parking lot. Because the area is classified as Non-Urban, the requirements fall into the deciding hands of the Planning Commission.
The meeting was brief, with Chairman Tom Tobin inquiring as to what would happen with the current building.
Whitten replied that the current Goza building on Caddo Street will be used to house other students once construction begins for the next school building. These are the short-term plans while the long-term, Whitten shared, has yet to be decided.
Goza houses sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.
The agenda item, termed “Consider determining and approving any necessary restrictions upon review, in a Non-Urban District, to construct a new Goza Middle School east of the high school’s parking lot” was unanimously approved by the commission.