Bentonville School Board Hears Charter Plan

Posted: April 1, 2014 at 5 a.m.

School District officials want to open a charter school that emphasizes innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

At A Glance


Bentonville School District officials have a timeline in mind as they move toward opening a charter school:

April/May: Community meetings will be held about the charter school.

June: District administrators will formally present their charter plan for approval by the local School Board.

Aug. 31: By this date the district must file a letter with the state indicating intent to submit an application to open a charter.

Oct. 31: By this date the district must submit its charter application to the state.

Early 2015: The state’s Charter Authorizing Panel will hold a hearing on the district’s application and either approve it or not. The district will have 20 minutes to present its case. Opponents to the proposal will have 20 minutes to present their case as well.

August 2015: The charter school would open if granted the state’s permission.

Source: Staff Report

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