Architect, contractor selected for CTE project
After a temporary sales tax to fund the construction of a new Saline County career and technical education facility was approved by voters in 2018, various individuals made great strides in 2019 to kick start the project.
Members of the project’s steering committee selected the architectural firm Black, Corley, Owens + Hughes to design the project and CDI Contractors won the bid to build the center.
CDI submitted a bid for a project at a cost of $27,899,000 and timeline of 515 days. The Saline County Career Technical campus is expect to be open for the 202122 school year.
The campus, a collaboration between local school and county officials along with business owners, will be located on Mountain View Road near Exit 114.
When the center is constructed, students from six school districts — Benton, Bryant, Bauxite, Glen Rose, Harmony Grove and Sheridan — will have the opportunity to take classes in 10 different pathways. In seven of the pathways, upon graduation, students will have the needed certification to earn a job and begin a career.
The campus is 140,000 square feet and will be separated into four major areas. Lab spaces for the various pathways will be constructed, as well as multipurpose classrooms and a common area featuring an auditorium designed to fit 400 students.