LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I would say from a communal standpoint, yes, patience is starting to wear thin, when they see money being pumped into other areas of Little Rock," said Scott Smith.
Smith is the father of two children who attend Roberts Elementary in West Little Rock. As of now, Smith said the closest middle school is Forest Heights.
"An expansion of a middle school and then a high school is exactly what this city needs," he continued.
In April of this year, the Little Rock School Board voted to build a middle school off of Katillus in West Little Rock, and a high school off Baseline.
The new superintendent, Dr. Dexter Suggs, has been on the job for about three weeks and is taking steps to get this project rolling.
"Although we're looking at building two new facilities, we're looking at how we renovate the entire school district," explained Suggs.
The district will have to develop a timeline that includes up to four phases. The entire process could take anywhere from two to three years to complete.
"We have to be patient. It's a process, and it won't happen overnight, but it will happen," added Suggs.
As of now, Don Roberts Elementary School will feed into the new middle school, but when it comes to other schools in Little Rock and other students living elsewhere, that still has to be discussed.
"If we're going to do something of this magnitude, we want the district--we really want the city to actually benefit," he concluded.
But, for parents who have students at Roberts Elementary, soon to be heading to middle school, time is of the essence.
"It's at 900 students now, so we obviously have support from parents, but it's time to get a middle school." Holly Stover said.