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

Those campaigning for the School Board’s millage increase proposal are concentrating more on spreading the facts about the second high school issue and less on what will happen if voters reject it.

At A Glance

Millage Election

The School Board has proposed building a second high school with a capacity of 2,250 students on Gamble Road in Centerton. The cost is $86 million. The state has pledged to contribute $13 million if voters approve the 2.9-mill tax increase on Tuesday’s ballot. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay about $60 in additional taxes per year.

Early voting is available at the Benton County clerk’s offices in Bentonville, Rogers and Siloam Springs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Source: Staff Report

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With 25 million dollars in the balance fund we will have no problem turning the two full size inside practice basketball courts into classrooms and using portable buildings to temporarily take care of the overcrowding. Using scare tactics is not right.The ninth grade center was always the right choice. Wendy Cheatham a school board member said we can get the Bells and whistles later using money from the balance fund (new football stadium). Blended learning where students attend school part time and complete there classes online is the future of public education especially for high school age students. 83 million dollars that includes an 8.8 million dollar practice facility and later a 15 million dollar football stadium is insane. Please vote no.

Posted by: brightpath

September 15, 2013 at 8:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

You need to do some research to see how much revenue those stadiums generate. The vast majority of high schools fund their entire athletic programs from the football gate. Further, not just football plays there. Soccer plays there as well as jr. high's band practices, pee wee games and more.

If bentonville puts 8,000 people in that stadium at 5 bucks a head that is $40,000 a night. That doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the sponsorship money brought in and doesn't include the revenue produced in concession and apparel sales.

Posted by: EliteEdge

September 15, 2013 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The possible future of athletics in Bentonville if the millage fails. Ten years from now people will drive by an athletic complex which has a football stadium, indoor practice facility , baseball, softball and soccer fields and will ask where is the high school? They will be told we don't have a brick and mortar school we have a virtual high school where students take their classes online. Take your I pad out and look at all the things you can do with it and tell me that's not possible. Cost of athletic complex that will pay for itself according to you, thirty million dollars. Cost of brick and mortar school and athletic complex one hundred million dollars. Vote No

Posted by: brightpath

September 15, 2013 at 10:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Yes, virtual campuses are just what kids need. Many people already struggle to hold an intelligent conversation due to technology. What a brilliant idea to remove more social interaction from their life and stick them in front of a computer.

It's obvious you weren't much for extracurricular activities in high school. Vote yes and eat at home 4 nights out of the year to pay for it for the good of the kids.

Posted by: EliteEdge

September 15, 2013 at 12:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

No money for extra curricular activities. They're only balms for middle aged parents trying to regain their youth.

Vote no, and quit propagating children.

Posted by: CaptainQuint

September 15, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

So Elite Edge, it is about money! Crap if it is not the biggest church in the town then it has got to be the biggest school.

When are you, I want to have a shinny castle, going to get a life? I wonder if you even work! What does the palm of your hands look like? Smoot and soft!

Try being a middle class person with callous and ruff palms because of hard labor work. Then you might understand just a little about taking my money thru excessive taxes.

Our school system is filthy rich. It is not the lack of funds it the lack of leadership.......!

Posted by: DNC

September 15, 2013 at 12:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The woes of living in a largely republican city. No one wants to spend their own money for the betterment of the community. They only want to benefit themselves. Good luck with that when people quit moving to Bentonville because the high school is a crowded mess. Rogers or Springdale will be much better choices for anyone looking to move to the area and Bentonville will just become a tourist trap. Maybe a hard rock cafe or ripleys believe it or not will open up shop soon.

Posted by: nickbenso

September 15, 2013 at 1:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I need to explain my last post. When we have 2000-4000 students taking classes online we can build an athletic complex so they can participate in sports. We will not need a brick and mortar facility.
If your are right about athletics paying for itself everybody benefits. The tax payer gets a break and the students get a great education.

Posted by: brightpath

September 15, 2013 at 3:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Gen Buck has the right idea. Brilliant post.

Posted by: Moneymyst

September 15, 2013 at 4:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

GenBuck, if you believe that I am sad for you. You obviously have zero knowledge of the meaning sports have to thousands of high school students across the country.

Those stadiums are massive revenue generators. Do some research before you comment on something you obviously know nothing about.

In addition to the revenue streams I listed above with the massive gates ($40,000+nightly), concession sales, apparel income and you have people getting out of the house on Friday night. Those people are buying gas, eating at restaurants and going out to eat after games together. All revenue spread throughout the community.

The apparel and the food is also purchased locally therefore again spending money in the community.

If you are going to make sweeping statements with no basis make them to someone who can't decry everything you are saying.

Posted by: EliteEdge

September 15, 2013 at 5:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Even in light of any bias that EliteEdge might have, his figures are probably correct, for good or ill. He makes a good point about social interaction and technology, and-- though the commenters here seem to neglect extracurricular activities other than sports-- sports and other extracurricular activities are important to the social and educational growth of students.

RE "If you are going to make sweeping statements with no basis make them to someone who can't decry everything you are saying."
When I think of how many times I have said something like that to people here, all to no avail....

Posted by: AlphaCat

September 16, 2013 at 1:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )