Bentonville School Board rejects career center plan

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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COURTESY OF BILD ARCHITECTS The Fayetteville firm Bild Architects produced drawings of a proposed Western Benton County Career Center. Bentonville's School Board decided last week the financial requirements for its school district to participate in the center were too great.

COURTESY OF BILD ARCHITECTS The Fayetteville firm Bild Architects produced drawings of a proposed Western Benton County Career Center. Bentonville's School Board decided last week the financial requirements for its school district to participate in the center were too great.

An effort to build a career center in western Benton County hit a wall last week when the Bentonville School Board rejected the financial commitment the project requires. Bentonville, Decatur, Gentry and Gravette school district officials have discussed a career center for a few years. Officials had architectural renderings of a building and were eyeing a potential site for it on Centerton Boulevard in Centerton. Janet Schwanhausser, Bentonville's finance director, told the board Thursday the estimated cost to build, equip and furnish the career center is $21 million. Bentonville makes up 79 percent of the assessed value of the sponsoring districts, so it would be responsible for the same percentage of the bond payment -- about $974,000 per year at an interest rate of 4.5 percent for 30 years....


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