Bentonville, AR: "Significant increase" in disruptive behavior

July 2, 2017, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: 2 classrooms in Bentonville will tackle behavioral issues The Bentonville School District plans to open two classrooms this fall specifically for elementary school students who struggle with severe behavioral issues. Each classroom will accommodate up to six students from across the district. Bentonville has experienced a significant increase in the number of elementary students whose behavior is disruptive, to the point principals must intervene. Their behavior can be violent or destructive, Sharp said. "You'll see principals shake their head because it's so common within the schools," Superintendent Debbie Jones told the School Board last month. The district this past school year received a dozen workers' compensation claims attributed to injuries occurring while staff members interacted with disruptive children, according to district officials. Officials estimated the cost of implementing the behavior classrooms at $110,542 for the 2017-18 school year. The teachers and aides chosen for the classrooms will receive special training. "We are trying to highly train the person in the room so that they want to stay there," Jones said. "We're trying to provide all the resources to help make this classroom successful. While it may be really allocating some resources to a small group of kids, the greater good is that those kids in the classroom are not having their education disturbed so frequently."… Charles Lee, assistant superintendent for general administration with the Rogers School District, said Rogers also has seen an increase in students with severe behavioral problems. "It is a major concern of many schools. It's not just a Bentonville issue," Lee said. "We are seeing a larger need for services for students having difficulty socially and emotionally."