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Contractors are hard at work at El Dorado High School, as the district prepares for the start of the 2019/2020 school year.

A small leak on the high school’s ground floor necessitated the start of preparations. The leaky pipe, located between the Wildcat Arena and Main Street, is situated under the concrete floor of the school, requiring a contractor’s hand (and license).

“The leak itself wasn’t big, but it still had to be fixed, and it was just a lot of work to get to it,” El Dorado School District Superintendent Jim Tucker said.

Tucker said the leak wasn’t big and should be an easy fix once the concrete is out of the way. He expects to see the work completed before the start of August.

The Alzheimer’s Association will host a celebrity basketball game at the Wildcat Arena on Friday to help raise awareness and funds for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Tucker said the game won’t be affected, as those attending will enter through the Arena itself.

“It will not be ready for that, [but] it will not affect them at all,” Tucker said. “It’s downstairs, so it won’t affect the arena.”

The school district is almost finished with several larger construction projects as well, Tucker said. A multi-purpose sports practice facility at the high school is almost complete, as is the press box at Memorial Stadium.

The practice facility has been in the works for over a year now and work is now just finishing up, Tucker said. The press box, originally built in 1947, has been enlarged and its structure strengthened. Slated for completion in May, the work has taken a bit longer than expected.

Construction is also expected to begin soon on another multi-purpose building for the ESD. The new facility will house transportation support, including school buses, food services and maintenance.

This project, first conceptualized over ten years ago, is expected to cost over $2 million. There is not currently an expected completion date for the facility.

Tucker said those are the only major construction projects currently being undertaken at the high school or it’s facilities; otherwise, only minor touch-ups are being done in preparation for the new school year, which will begin August 13.

“Paint, some flooring here and there, but nothing major,” Tucker said. “Just your typical summer maintenance.”

Caitlan Butler can be reached at 870-862-6611 or cbutler@eldoradonews.com.

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