Pulaski County Government celebrated the opening of its new lobby at the downtown Little Rock administration building with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The lobby includes turnstiles that require county employees to swipe their ID badges to enter the building. There is a security guard and a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy who monitors the entrance daily. All visitors will sign in and wear a visitors badge while in the building.
“The lobby renovation was done in an effort to increase security and the safety of Pulaski County employees and visitors,” County Judge Barry Hyde said. “My goal is to create a more modern and professional appearance in the administration building. We want visitors to feel that they’ve entered a professional environment where the number one priority is customer service.”
The lobby also features artwork from Henderson Middle School students, grades 6th – 8th and art teacher, Cathy Dillon. Danny Fletcher, Ed.D. of the Little Rock School District’s Instructional Resource Center and Elsa O’Neal of Henderson Middle School worked with the county to select the best pieces to display.
“I am honored to have our students’ work displayed in the Pulaski County Administration Building. I hope that visitors enjoy the work on
display in the newly renovated space,” said Henderson Middle School Art Educator Elsa O’Neal. “It is wonderful for the students’ work to be displayed and appreciated by the community and we appreciate the opportunity. Special thanks to Judge Hyde for his appreciation of the visual arts and his invitation to display our student’s artistic efforts.”
“Using local students’ artwork is a wonderful way to showcase their amazing work and it’s cost effective for Pulaski County,” Hyde said.
“Why spend unnecessary funds on expensive artwork, when we can give these kids the opportunity to display their best work to Pulaski County employees and visitors. We’ve even had a few patrons express interest in buying the artwork.”
Judge Hyde plans to provide the opportunity to all Pulaski County School Districts.