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Bentonville School Board Considers Calendar Costs

Posted: January 20, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER Caroline Wright, right, and Kaeden Stadel, fourth-graders at R.E. Baker Elementary fourth-graders work on math problems during class on Wednesday at the Bentonville school.

The cost of running two elementary schools on a calendar different from the rest of the School District’s buildings was about $36,000 last year, according to a study by administrators.

At A Glance

Bentonville’s Nontraditional Schools

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School opened as a nontraditional calendar school for the 1994-95 school year; later that year, faculty, staff and students moved to the newly completed Elm Tree Elementary. R.E. Baker Elementary opened as the district’s second nontraditional school in 2004.

Each year district administrators present traditional and nontraditional calendars to the School Board for approval. Administrators recently started the process of developing the 2014-15 calendars.

Source: Bentonville Public Schools

At A Glance

Bentonville Elementary School Demographics

SchoolEnrollmentPercent free/reduced lunch*Percent English as a second language

TRADITIONAL CALENDAR SCHOOLS

Apple Glen51731 percent*9 percent

Cooper64426 percent*1 percent

Centerton Gamble65839 percent*5 percent

Central Park83414 percent*2 percent

Mary Mae Jones64556 percent*14 percent

Sugar Creek49044 percent*3 percent

Thomas Jefferson48043 percent*3 percent

Willowbrook79623 percent*6 percent

NONTRADITIONAL CALENDAR SCHOOLS

Elm Tree60215 percent*2 percent

R.E. Baker56213 percent*1 percent

District Totals6,22829 percent*5 percent

Source: Bentonville Public Schools

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