Lawmakers await word on school building costs

(June 9, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Now that an exhaustive assessment of public school buildings is under way, legislators must decide which repairs are most needed, and how much they will cost. Senator Shane Broadway, the co-chairman of the Committee on Educational Facilities, shied away yesterday from giving an estimate on how much repairs across the state would cost. Earlier estimates had put repairing public school facilities at between one billion and three billion dollars. This summer, 18 teams are assessing Arkansas' public school buildings at the rate of one million square feet a day. The groups have until September 30th to complete reports about the conditions of school buildings. The study is in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that ordered the state to overhaul its school system.