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Centerton Prepares for Second High School

CENTERTON, AR -- Construction on Bentonville's second high school will be starting just a few months from now, but the City of Centerton is already bracing for the boost that building will bring.
CENTERTON, AR -- Construction on Bentonville's second high school will be starting just a few months from now, but the City of Centerton is already bracing for the boost that building will bring.

"We have had some internal meetings to keep us in line, we're not too far behind... The months of January and February are design development and the steering committee talks about room data, material selections and site design," said Mary Ley with the Bentonville School District.

Plans for the second high school are still on schedule. The ground breaking is set for July of this year, but Centerton Mayor Bill Edwards knows his city has already spent several months preparing for the big economic boost.

"We're gaining about 1,000 citizens every year... Since the high school has passed, we do have a brand new Walmart Neighborhood Market being built... We just had a meeting a little while ago, a pre-construction meeting for a new liquor store that's coming to Centerton."

Not only is the second high school encouraging growth and bringing new businesses to Centerton, construction is already underway across the city to improve infrastructure.

"Highway 102 is being widened and that projects probably about 80 to 85-percent complete... We are going to do some road improvements up by the school, make it a three lane road. We're working with Benton County to put some additional roads in to give us better access to the school," said Mayor Edwards.

Centeron committed 1.4-million dollars for improvements surrounding the school, which will soon be called something other than "Bentonville's second high school."

"They should start thinking about the name. That's a big thing when you're in high school. I think they ought to start thinking about their mascot too, that's a big thing," said Ley.

Mayor Edwards knows there is still a lot to accomplish and collaboration is key.

"I think we're all working for the same goal to move our city and community ahead."
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