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Almost two years to the day after the Decatur School District began its journey through fiscal distress and state control, the school will make an important step towards independence. On July 1, state-appointed superintendent LeRoy Ortman will hand over the reins to Dr. Larry Ben. Ben said his first goal is to get to know the community and become a part of it. “I’m excited; I’m anxious to get started. I want to go ahead and start meeting people,” Ben said. Ben already has a history in the western part of Benton County. He worked at the Gravette High School as a football coach in the early 1990s, and still has a Gravette address although Ben and his wife Dana actually live in the Bentonville School District. Ben was raised in Oklahoma and graduated from the Tahlequah High School and then Northeastern State University. He went on to teach in the Tahlequah School District and then came to Gravette to coach football. In 1993 Ben moved to the Rogers School District where he served as assistant principal

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News, Pages 1 on 05/19/2010

Print Headline: Ben to take reins, lead school district

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