Gateway Gets New Site

Programs To Share Building On Southeast 14th Street

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

Michael Cormier, left, and Josh Ferguson, both with Freedom Fire Pro in Rogers, work in the common area of the Bentonville Public Schools building at 1002 S.E. 14th St. in Bentonville, installing a fire suppression system. The School District is renovating the building it bought recently to house its high school alternative learning program.

Bentonville’s alternative education program will open the new school year in a new place.

At A Glance

Building Costs

The Bentonville School Board agreed in December to buy the building at 1000 and 1002 S.E. 14th St. for $2.5 million. That money came from the district’s reserve. The district is spending another $427,000 to renovate the space to fit the Gateway program’s needs. Half of the building is leased to Novar, an energy management company, for $13,000 per month.

District officials originally discussed including money to lease or purchase a building for a Gateway expansion in the June 2012 millage election. Administrators nixed that plan, however, in order to lower the cost of the millage.

Source: Staff Report

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