Board Wants Second High School

Members Vote 6-1 To Propose Millage Increase

Posted: January 15, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Wendi Cheatham, Bentonville School Board member, listens as Michael Poore, left, Bentonville Public Schools superintendent, speaks Monday during a meeting with board members on recent survey results regarding millage increase options at the administration building in Bentonville.

The Bentonville School Board voted to put a second high school millage increase proposal before voters during its special meeting on Monday. The board voted 6-1 in favor of the action. Willie Cowgur, board member, voted against the option.

At A Glance

School Survey

A survey sent out by the Bentonville School District earlier this year asked voters why they did or didn’t support a millage increase in June for a second high school. Resolving overcrowding was chosen by 505 of respondents as the top reason they voted for the increase. The cost of the plan was chosen by 474 respondents as the top reason they voted against the increase. More than 1,700 postcards were returned.

Source: Staff Report

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I am with you Lyles!

Posted by: MANofFEWwords

January 15, 2013 at 6:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I will again vote no.

Posted by: merlin

January 15, 2013 at 6:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

No, No, a thousand times NO.

Posted by: JailBird

January 15, 2013 at 7:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I really like how Poore hired his ex boss to do a study in Bentonville. How much did that cost?

Posted by: merlin

January 15, 2013 at 7:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

You had a chance to buy two empty hotels and convert them to schools at a bargain price but that wasn't considered, now your in a real rut. You'll get voted down again.

Posted by: Boark

January 15, 2013 at 7:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Move the 9th grade to the Jr High Schools. Few additional classrooms at each school is probably MUCH cheaper than building all the infrastructure of a new school. Takes 25% of the load on BHS and spread it across three campuses. Time to do that would've been now while they were building the new JrHS too. Poor poor planning

Posted by: AutopilotAR

January 15, 2013 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wendy Cheatham in a previous news paper artical said they can get the bells and whistle later through fund raising or from the reserve fund. I understand there is over fourty million dollars in the reserve fund. The voters were duped when they voted to complete the Tiger Athletic complex.The school board used a little over 1 million dollars of excess money raised for the Arends Art Center to get the athletic complex started. One million dollars vs 15 million dollars it cost to build the complex is not completing anything. New High school equals new athletic complex bells and whitsles. Without guarantees vote no.

Posted by: brightpath

January 15, 2013 at 12:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I will.

Posted by: merlin

January 15, 2013 at 5:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fudville School Board: "In the end, we did it our way".

Beware little people with big powers.

Posted by: JailBird

January 15, 2013 at 5:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )