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Northwest Arkansas 22nd fastest growing metro area in U.S., according to Census

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas was the 22nd fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country last year, according to population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Continue reading...

Fencing varies among school playgrounds in Northwest Arkansas

Subscriber onlyFayetteville School District plans to upgrade fences at all elementary schools over the next few weeks, starting with Vandergriff Elementary School. Continue reading...

Vandergriff families remember Fayetteville first-grader

Subscriber onlyAdron Benton loved bubbles and balloons. His favorite color was blue. Continue reading...

Fayetteville School District response continues following Vandergriff tragedy

Subscriber onlySchool District officials are auditing all campuses to determine where additional fencing is needed following last week's death of a first-grader, the superintendent said Tuesday. Continue reading...

School Board OKs purchase of Springdale building for TV program

Subscriber onlyThe School Board on Tuesday voted to move forward with buying a building owned by one of its members for $770,000. Continue reading...

Vandergriff employees on leave following student death

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Five Vandergriff Elementary staff members are on paid leave pending the outcome of the school district's investigation of the recent death of a 6-year-old pupil, school district spokesman Alan Wilbourn said. Continue reading...

Three Northwest Arkansas schools celebrate Diamond status

Subscriber onlyThree Northwest Arkansas schools are among the newest Diamond Schools to Watch based on academic excellence, developmental responsibility to students and social equity. Continue reading...

Vandergriff to add playground fence; boy identified

Subscriber onlyThe School District plans on installing a fence around the Vandergriff Elementary School playground following the death of 6-year-old Adron Benton earlier this week, according to a letter sent by Elli Ledzinski, Vandergriff PTO president, to families with children at the school. Continue reading...

Adron Benton is Vandergriff boy in likely drowning

FAYETTEVILLE — Adron Benton is the name of the 6-year-old Vandergriff Elementary boy who went missing from the school playground Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading...

Arkansas elementary school student found unresponsive in pool has died, police say

Officials investigate how child left Fayetteville school unseen

Subscriber only A 6-year-old boy who disappeared from Vandergriff Elementary School and was found in a nearby pool died Wednesday morning at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, police and school officials said. Continue reading...

Vandergriff boy, 6, dies after likely drowning in Fayetteville

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A 6-year-old boy who went missing from Vandergriff Elementary School and was found in a nearby pool died Wednesday morning at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, police and school officials said. Continue reading...

Vandergriff child goes missing, found in nearby Fayetteville pool

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A child who went missing during a recess Tuesday afternoon at Vandergriff Elementary School was found in a nearby swimming pool, according to a release from the School District. Continue reading...

Scholarships target students bound for trades

Subscriber onlyScholarships are opening up for graduating seniors who want to learn technical skills and enter the workforce after high school rather than pursue a bachelor's degree. Continue reading...

Bills aim to develop workforce

Subscriber onlyAn ongoing push for high school students to earn industry certifications has educators, business representatives and lawmakers working to pass a bill to support the development of regional workforce centers. Continue reading...

Fayetteville board approves departures of two administrators

Subscriber onlyThe district's chief financial officer has resigned, and the retirement of a technology director has shifted to from June to March. Continue reading...

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