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Design Plan Progress for Bentonville's Second High School

BENTONVILLE, AR -- Design plans for the second high school are moving forward and the district is looking at surrounding schools for ideas.
We're going to build a quality building and provide a quality education.
BENTONVILLE, AR -- Design plans for the second high school are moving forward and the district is looking at surrounding schools for ideas.

"We're Bentonville School District. We provide a quality education across the board."

The design plan for Bentonville's second high school is still in its early stages.

"How many English classrooms do we need? How many science labs do we need?" said Jack Loyd, 9th Grade Assistant Principal at Bentonville High School.

Every classroom on the Centerton campus will include state-of-the-art technology.

"It includes projector, an interactive smart board, in most cases a document camera, of course there's wireless access in that room... It's definitely going to have all the technology and all the components required to deliver a 21st century education," said Andy Mayes, Director of Technology for the Bentonville School District.

The district is also looking at neighboring Northwest Arkansas schools for infrastructure inspiration.

"How do they set up their cafeteria? Is the cafeteria in the new building going to look like this one, or is it not? Is it going to look different? ... It's going to have 2,250 students in it, so when you think and compare that to Rogers, Fayetteville, Springdale after those splits, it's very comparable to those in size," said Loyd.

Sharing the football stadium shaved off square footage, but it is not skimping on sports facilities.

"It's going to have a practice field, it's going to have a soccer field, baseball, softball, track, all of those other sports."

And Bentonville will infuse its progressive plans to uphold high standards for students.

"We're going to build a quality building and provide a quality education. That's just the bottom line."

Both Loyd and Mayes are on the Second High School Design Committee. Their next meeting is October 23 at Bentonville High School, when they will have an even clearer picture as far as progress on the plans.
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