Van Buren School District has put out a request for qualifications from construction management firms interested in building the district’s new elementary school.

VBSD officials are looking for a construction firm to oversee construction of the new elementary school on a 21-acre site north of Interstate 40. The new school will be about 60,000 square feet and is estimated to cost about $12 million.

In April, the Arkansas Facilities Division announced it had approved $5.3 million in state funding to help construct VBSD’s seventh elementary school.

As part of the state requirements, the district has 18 months to enter into a contract for construction and 48 months to complete the school.

A new elementary school is necessary for the district because state law requires a school district to have 10 acres per 100 students, plus one acre for every 100 additional students.

VBSD already has received multiple construction firm applications, Superintendent Dr. Harold Jeffcoat said at the Van Buren School Board meeting Tuesday night.

Jeffcoat said the next step will be to create a committee to process applications and make a contract recommendation.

Also during the meeting, school board members approved the employment of certified personnel Savannah Basham as pre-k teacher at Tate Elementary School; Megan Hanna as classroom teacher at Parkview Elementary School; Lori Howard as in-school suspension aide at Van Buren High School Freshman Academy; and Kathleen Reeves as classroom teacher at Van Buren High School.

Board members also approved the employment of classified personnel Channa Miller as cook at City Heights Elementary School; Andrea Turner as cook at Parkview Elementary School; and Amber Hayes and Christy Nelson as Project Lead the Way paraprofessionals at Tate Elementary School.

Resignations were accepted from Felicia Myers as classroom teacher at Van Buren High School and Patricia Yowell as preschool aide at King Elementary School.