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DDS Board Meeting Here Today

For just the second time the Booneville Human Development Center is hosting a meeting of the Arkansas Department of Human Service Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Board of Director.

The meeting, which is set for 1 p.m. today (Wednesday), was announced two weeks ago. Prior to the meeting the board will tour the facility and have lunch. As was the case when the board met here in November 2010, the meeting will be held in the Nyberg building on the BHDC campus.

Since the 2010 meeting, the DDS board has experienced some turnover but Sally Hardin of Booneville is still a board member.

Hardin is a member of the physical management subcommittee, which will not meet today.

The subcommittee did meet in 2010 and made a recommendation to give DDS director Dr. Charlie Green approval to seek funding to construct 10 new living quarters at BHDC and renovate 10 Curtis Circle cottages.

The project, which was expected to cost between $10 and $12 million has not come to fruition, but an inclusive capital improvement plan for the facility was later crafted.

The idea behind the new living quarter, Green said at the time, was so that clients at the facility could move from a dorm to a smaller, more home-like atmosphere.

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