The New School launches a $14 million fundraising, expansion effort

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The New School, located in Fayetteville and housing students in Washington and Benton counties, has launched a $14 million fundraising effort that includes expansion of facilities, new equipment and an endowment.

Founded in 1971, The New School had 407 students in grades pre-school through 7th grade during the recent school year.

“To continue The New School's commitment to excellence in education, additional space, technology and enhanced capabilities were needed,” school officials said in a statement.

Expansions and renovations on the 25-acre campus include:
• New, state-of-the-art preschool building with larger classrooms and increased space for learning activities;
• Performing arts center and auditorium;
• Expanded classroom technology;
• Indoor play areas with a discovery museum feel;
• Space for the inclusion of younger students, as well as room for the addition of 8th grade in 2014;
• New spaces for administrative staff, parent events and teacher training; and
• Enhancement of the K-7 program with additional spaces for art, music, foreign language, science classes and library

The capital campaign, co-chaired by Josh & Stacey Allen and Amy Merryman, is also funding an endowment to provide money for maintenance of the new space.
"We are thrilled to be able to proceed with this exciting project," Bill Mandrell, director of Advancement, said in the statement. "The New School will continue to have a positive impact on students, teachers and families for generations to come thanks to the generosity of our supporters."

The architectural firm for the project is Allison Architects and the construction firm is FLINTCO Constructive Solutions. The projected completion date is mid-August 2014.