High School Athletic Facilities Near Completion

Posted: January 8, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Fayetteville School District board members take a look around the new indoor practice facility at Fayetteville High School Monday afternoon. Board members were given a tour to see the progress of all the school’s facilities that are being built or renovated, including the Fahring Center, the indoor practice facility, the new tennis complex and the new track.

Brick by brick, ton after ton of steel, yards and yards of concrete, the transformation of Fayetteville High School is taking shape.

By the Numbers

High School Renovation

The physical education and athletic projects and costs associated with the Fayetteville High School transformation are:

-Alan Fahring Center — $1.6 million.

-Bulldog Activity and Recreation Complex — $2.8 million.

-Tennis facility — $1.2 million.

-Softball second field — $225,000

-District track facility — $1.4 million.

Source: Fayetteville School Districts

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Nice to see the new facilities for Fayetteville & in NWA but Once again another NWA School has spent 100 + million to make sure they continue to dominate the state in Athletics depriving several kids who are not all-stars a chance to participate & compete in after school activites. The Fayetteville School Board reminds me of the City Government at Tonnitown. The decision to build everything on the existing campus vs selling to the U of A has to be the Dumbest decision of the Century.

Posted by: CCNelson

January 8, 2013 at 7:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

CC remember they put this to a vote of the people and the vote failed. Then they decided to build it anyway with bonds which the voters will eventually pay for anyway. Dominance in athletics was only one part of the reasons, don't forget power and polltics.

Posted by: JailBird

January 8, 2013 at 8:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dear CC,

Perhaps if you had been a better student in High School you would know how to spell Tontitown.

The U of A gave the Fayetteville School District a lowball offer that was far below the appraised value of the property, perhaps figuring the District was so eager to move they would take less than what the property was worth. I'm sure the U of A is regretting that decision, as they obviously have no shortage of funds and are expanding everywhere you look. At some point, they may wish they had made a better offer for land contiguous to the University.

In light of that, the District made a very prudent decision to stay right there and spend far less money adding to the existing facility than move to a distant location and spend even more.

Posted by: mgt479

January 8, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tontitown was not on the list of required words that were given out in High School. I don't know where you went to High School mgt, but economics and good decision making, obiviously were not your better subjects.

Read the article about Bentionville High School in todays paper and learn.

Posted by: JailBird

January 8, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "CC remember they put this to a vote of the people and the vote failed."
Actually, a more expensive proposal failed.

RE "Then they decided to build it anyway with bonds which the voters will eventually pay for anyway."
There was a second bond election for the current project, and it passed. Despite the delay, the school district was able to take advantage of very low bond interest rates, relatively low construction costs, and federal matching funds. The new school will be LEED certified, providing energy and resource savings.

RE "Dominance in athletics was only one part of the reasons, don't forget power and polltics."
And don't forget classroom, arts and performance space. One's education is enhanced by inspiring facilities that accommodate diverse learning experiences.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 8, 2013 at 1:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

OK, Cat I'm convinced by your powerful argument. I glad dominance in athletics, the arts, preforming space, an indoor athletics practice field, a LEED, and most certainly diverse learning experiences are of now of such great importance when most graduates can't read at an eighth grade level. You certainly know where to place your priorities, there CAT.

"The good of the few outweigh the good of the many."....Spock

Wait a minute! Oops. That might have been the other way around except in Fudville High School.

Posted by: JailBird

January 8, 2013 at 4:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "OK, Cat I'm convinced by your powerful argument."
I wasn't arguing with you. There were sound educational reasons to split FHS into two campuses, and I rather favored that option; I also have never been a fan of athletics-dominated education, as I have indicated in numerous posts regarding school bond elections. I simply pointed out that your post was not entirely accurate, and that you left out some important information.

RE "...are of now of such great importance when most graduates can't read at an eighth grade level."
And how would not building the new high school have improved the situation? Of course, Fayetteville has managed to come up with high numbers of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists over the years, so a new high school might well be superfluous.

RE "You certainly know where to place your priorities, there CAT."
I, and a majority of Fayetteville voters. Unlike Springdale's last attempt to pass a school bond issue.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 8, 2013 at 7:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think if you will check schools built in university cities across the country, the product coming into the High School is of superior IQ. Its a matter of breeding, not superior education. Why do school systems build all the elementry school on every corner, why don't we just build one big 10 story 5 city block elementry school?

Think about it, Cat, because its better, when it comes to students, to be a big part of something small than to be a small part of something big. It called modivation and encouragement. Building another high school would have allowed, for example, 200 oportunities for a student to excel instead of just 100. Bigger is not better when it comes to education, just look at home schoolers, the smallest and the best.

No one that I know wants to be compared to Springdale, the armpit of NW Arkansas.

Posted by: JailBird

January 8, 2013 at 7:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Moneymyst - "....when most graduates can't read at an eighth grade level." Where do you get your information?

Home schoolers,, the smallest and the best? Are you serious?

An important skill for every person to learn is how to be effective and productive while working with people from various backgrounds. Every job I have ever had required, in fact demanded, this. Employers will tell you it's critical for their employees to be able to work with and get along with one another. Where/how do students learn this? One of the best ways to teach the concept of teamwork is through all those extra-curricular activities you seem to think have no value.

Posted by: BDG

January 9, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

National Spelling Bee, home schooled against government schooled = home schooled best. You ever get out the house BDG or do you take your meds and dream? Gee talk about a reality problem.

Posted by: JailBird

January 9, 2013 at 12:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Actually I'm wrong, BDG, they (HS Grads) are reading at a fifth grade level---Huffington Report from data from the University of Arkansas. "A firth-grade reading level is obviously not high enough for college-level reading. Nor is it high enough for high school-level reading either, or for informed citizenship.".....Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform---University of Arkansas. Teach em to read before you extra-curricular them. They get along real good at the chicken plant, but the can't spell poop.

Posted by: JailBird

January 9, 2013 at 1:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Now, home-schooled vs government schooled:

"Stanford University accepted 26% of the homescoolers who applied--nearly double its overall acceptance rate. 23 of this fall's 572 freshman at Wheaton College in Illinois were homeschooled, and their SAT scores average 58 POINTS higher than those of the overall class. Homeschoolers scored an average of 1,100 on the SAT--a full 81 points ABOVE the national average"...Time Magizine

In Arkansas, homeschooled children, on the average scored 75% on the Metropolitan Achievement Test 6. They out-scored public school children in every subject (in case you don't know BDG, thats reading, math, language, science, and social studies) and at every grade level. For example, at the 10th grade level, public school children scored an average of 53rd percentile in social studies, while homeschooled children scored at the 73rd percentile.---Statistics University of Arkansas

Add to this the fact that homeschoolers spend an average of $500 to $600 a year per student, in comparison to $9,000 to $10,000 a year per student in public schools.---Department of Eduation

Now, tell me, who is getting the biggest BANG for their BUCK?

Posted by: JailBird

January 9, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

If only more families had the resources to provide homeschooling. Unfortunately, there are too many families in which both parents work, or there is only one parent, who must work. And, sad to say, most parents aren't equipped to teach their children a full curriculum, for any number of reasons. And a lot of areas would not have any curriculum enrichment whatsoever without the public schools to provide it. Public schools are inevitable.

On the other hand, we could get the same results with public schools that homeschooling achieves if we were willing to pay for the inefficiency of homeschooling at the public level. What public schools are able to have a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:1 to 1:5? And how much more money would have to be spent on public libraries if they became the primary resource centers for public education? Why don't parents who are willing and able to homeschool do it within the framework of the public schools?

Homeschooling is artificially low in price because it places no value on the time and expertise of the homeschooling parent-- or on the family bonding that may take place. Further, a lot of the "bang for the buck" of homeschooling is provided by the public, through the resources of public schools, public libraries, public parks, and public or public/private institutions such as the Walton Arts Center.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 10, 2013 at 3:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Actually, Alpha, homeschooling resources are provided by:
A Beka Book
A2 Home School Curriculum
Alpha Omega Publications
Back Home Industries
Bob Jones University Press
CHEA of California Publications
Christ Centered Curriculum
Christian Liberty Press
Christian Light Education
The Foundation for American Christian Ed.
Heart of Wisdom
How Great Thou Art
Keepers of the Faith
Lamplighter Publishing
Love to Learn
My Fathers World
Rod and Staff
Sonlight Curriculum
and others.

Not throuh resources of public school, parks, public institutions, or the Walton Arts Center.

If you would have had a Christian based education, Alpha, then I might not have to correct you 10 times a day.

Have a Christ centered day, Alpha

Posted by: JailBird

January 10, 2013 at 3:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Actually, Alpha, homeschooling resources are provided by:..."
Some of them are. Participation in arts, sports and other enrichment, as well as facilities and personnel for them, are often provided by the public schools, public libraries, public parks and institutions.

RE "If you would have had a Christian based education"
If I had had a Christian-based education instead of a public school education, I might well not have noted your improper use of the subjunctive. As it is, having been raised Presbyterian, I have something of a Christian-based education, acquired in an appropriate manner. At least I'm not one of those anti-Christian Episcopalians, though I will note that "Presbyterians" is an anagram for "Britney Spears".

Insofar as I have not had any run-ins with the FBI in the last five months-- indeed, ever-- my moral centeredness seems to be holding up just fine. I am doing quite well at deportment and citizenship, at least.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 10, 2013 at 4:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I was ecucated in a government school and therefore don't know what a subjunctive is, much less, what is the proper use of it. I never acused you of being a anti-Christian Episcopalian like Prophet Grisham. Any alleged run-ins with the FBI where certainly due to their misunderstandings, not mine. I'm glad you are doing so well at deportment and citizenship, when are you leaving?

Posted by: JailBird

January 10, 2013 at 5:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "when are you leaving?"
Ha! Leaving? I just got back.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 10, 2013 at 7:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

>>I, and a majority of Fayetteville voters. Unlike Springdale's last attempt to pass a school bond issue.>

I think Alpha should check the record. Springdale, like Fayetteville, reduced their requested millage increase for their second attempt to raise funds for overhauling buildings and constructing another facility. It passed.
"...preforming space, an indoor athletics practice field, a LEED, and most certainly diverse learning experiences are of now of such great importance when most graduates can't read at an eighth grade level."

Indeed, they wouldn't know how to spell performing.

Posted by: cdawg

January 11, 2013 at 2:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


I wondered if that was right as I posted it. Thank you for the correction. I do remember the threads under articles regarding various upcoming Springdale school bond elections as being tough slogging. The reduction worked in Fayetteville and in Springdale; perhaps it will work in Bentonville.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 11, 2013 at 3:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Indeed, most of them can't make change at a cash register of complete a sentance without five "you knows" and three "likes.". Like if I had been you know fortunate and like educated with a you know Christian based currculum, like maybe then you know I could have like learned to spell preforming space right you know by like putting those little you know vowels and those other thingies you know consonants in their right order.

Posted by: JailBird

January 11, 2013 at 4:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

So, like, I was all, you know, like, "for sure", you know?

One advantage of written communication is that it pretty much restricts "you know" and "like" to places where they are needed. That one advantage may well be worth whatever misunderstandings can arise from misinterpreting written conversation.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 11, 2013 at 3:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )