Moving forward: C4 board hears update on armory renovation

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The renovation of the old armory in Berryville

is underway.

The armory is being converted to the

Carroll County Career Center, which will

house the new Connect 4 program for local

juniors and seniors. The Berryville City

Council had voted in December to approve

a proposal from R. Clinard Construction

and Consulting LLC of Bentonville for the


Bob Clinard, project manager for the renovation,

gave a construction update to the

Connect 4 Board at its Thursday meeting.

“We started the demolition about two

weeks ago,” Clinard said, “and I’ve brought

some plans here to show you what we’re

working on.”

In the plans, the three buildings on the career

center’s campus have been designated

as Buildings A, B and C for simplicity, he


“The front building is Building A,” he

said. “Building B will be the welding shop,

and Building C will be the forklift shop.”

He said the construction crew has removed

some of the walls in Building A to

make room for large classrooms and storage


Clinard said his firm has also hired ESI

Engineering Services Inc. of Springdale to

serve as civil engineers on the renovation


“They have surveyed the area and are

looking at parking and the handicap entrance,”

he said. “Those are things I talked

to them about that I want them to do. We

need to have handicap entrances to all three

buildings. We have to meet all the criteria

of a school since that’s what these buildings

will be.”

Clinard said he hopes to have a working

budget by next week.

Green Forest Superintendent Matt Summers

asked if the renovation is still on

schedule to be completed at the end of April.

“It’s gonna be tight,” Clinard said. “We’ll

have our work done.”

C4 director James Knight later updated

the board on what he has been doing since

being hired last month.

“I’ve been doing presentations at the different

schools,” he said, “and went to the

Career Academy of Siloam Springs [CASS]

and met with the instructor down there. I’m

going to coordinate with him so I can show

up on a day when he’s covering machining

or welding because that’s my strong suit.”

Knight continued, “I can help him, and,

in return, I’m going to come back down

again when he’s hitting on a topic I’m not

really strong in so I can get some training

from him.”

He said he has also been working on

quotes for furniture for the career center

and trying to figure out the number of seats,

work tables and white boards that will be


Board president Rodney Ellis said Paul

Hines, director of maintenance and facilities

for the Berryville School District, has found

some available furniture in Cabot.

“It’s typically in the older style,” Ellis

said. “I think you guys want this to look nice

since we will have a lot of people coming

in. We’ve gotten some quotes on new tables

and chairs.”

Most of the quotes, he said, are in the

ballpark of $10,000 to $11,000 for new furniture.

“That’s something we need to decide on

soon,” Ellis said.

“For our district, we figure 15 percent on

any project for furnishings,” Summers said.

“As long as we’re under that 15 percent, you

won’t hear a complaint from us.”Eureka Springs Superintendent Bryan

Pruitt and Berryville Superintendent Owen

Powell updated the board on their recent

meeting with the Walton Family Foundation

about funding.

“They wanted to know what our goals

are and what we want to accomplish with

the program,” Pruitt said. “They also wanted

to know what representatives we’ve

talked to. Basically, they wanted to know

what all options we had exhausted before

coming to them, so we gave them all that


Powell said he thought the meeting

went well.

“We were told they gave us more time

than a lot of groups they meet with,” he

said. “They did want a hard number as far as

cost, which we didn’t have. We gave them a

ballpark number, and they asked that we get

back to them as soon as we can with a hard

number. I know that’s what we’re trying to

get, and I think we need to really focus on

getting that as quickly as we can.”

Summers said he has also been advised to

contact Black Hills Energy about the possibility

of being involved in the program.

“I’ve placed a call but have not touched

base yet,” he said. “They’re very interested

in what we’re doing because everything

we’re talking about they have in their skill


Ellis told Chris Claybaker, economic

development director for Berryville, that

he would also like to arrange a meeting

with local business leaders in the next few

months so they can meet Knight and learn

more about the program and its progress.

Ellis handed out fliers listing the potential

careers students can enter if they graduate

from the C4 program.

“These are realistic careers that can spring

out of this program,” he said. “[Board member]

Bud Phillips had asked me for a list at

a previous meeting. I think these will be

useful for us in answering questions about

the program and advertising it around the


According to the flier, some of the potential

careers the C4 program will prepare

students for include:

• Aerospace Manufacturing, Production

and Quality Control

• Ammonia Refrigeration Operator

• Ammonia Refrigeration Technician

• Ammonia Refrigeration Compliance


• Automotive Specialist/Technician

• Boiler Inspector (DOL), Fabricators,

Operators, Technicians

• Construction Technology

• Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

• Engineering

• Electricians

• Fabricators

• Fork Lift/Lift Truck Operators Class I-V

• Health and Safety

• Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning


• Industrial Maintenance

• Machining

• Plumbers

• Production/Project Coordinator

• Product Support

• Process Development

• Quality Control

The board’s next meeting is scheduled

for noon Wednesday, March 7, at the Carroll

County Career Center and will include

a tour of the facility.

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