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UA Little Rock, eStem reach agreement

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, eStem High School, and the University of Arkansas System Office have reached an agreement on a plan to relieve congestion in the Donaghey Student Center.

Effective June 1, eStem High School will begin occupying the south end of the second floor of Ross Hall. eStem will have exclusive use of this space for dining services and recreational space. The eStem students will no longer use the Donaghey Student Center for dining or other purposes.

“This resolution is a win for both institutions,” Chancellor Andrew Rogerson wrote to faculty and staff. “You and our students will have full use of the Donaghey Student Center once again, and eStem students and teachers will enjoy a private space for dining and socializing next to their school.”

Administrators reached the agreement late Wednesday, May 8. UA Little Rock faculty, staff and students were notified Thursday afternoon via email.

The agreement with eStem is for one year with the potential for renewal. This summer, a partition wall will be constructed on the south side of the elevator in Ross Hall for privacy. eStem will be able to access the area via the walkway between the high school and Ross Hall, which is the closest university building to eStem.

Rogerson said he welcomes suggestions as the university explores longer term solutions for collaboration with eStem.