NEW SPACE: eStem leases in Ross Hall, which rises behind the main high school facility.
NEW SPACE: eStem leases in Ross Hall, which rises behind the main high school facility.

UA Little Rock announced today the completion of a deal with the eStem charter high school on campus to provide new space for high school students to eat and congregate and alleviate the pressure they’d placed on the Donaghey Student Center.

We reported the tentative agreement in May.

eStem will use the south end of the second floor of Ross Hall, which is close to the eStem building. The interior lobby and balcony that separate the south and north wings of Ross will be excluded.

A $7,500 monthly lease of the space took effect June 1. It will become the dining area for eStem students, who’ve been using the Donaghey Center since the school opened in 2017. eStem will provide its own food vendor. eStem will monitor noise in Ross Hall. Crowding and noise of eStem students had prompted complaints from UA Little Rock students and staff. From the release:

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“This new plan gives UA Little Rock students full use of the Donaghey Student Center,” Chancellor Andrew Rogerson said. “Potential students and their families considering UA Little Rock need to know that we are doing everything possible to provide an affordable and quality learning environment for our students.”

On June 11, Rogerson announced to faculty, staff, and students improvements now in the works for the DSC. Upgrades include adding multipurpose spaces and recreational spaces with e-gaming opportunities, movies, and pool tables for students. Also, Rogerson announced the addition of a new Starbucks to open on campus in spring 2020. The coffee shop will be located in the quad on the back side of the Old Student Union A building with patio seating facing Cooper Fountain.