September 9th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK â€” State researchers say that it would cost Arkansas taxpayers between about $2 million and up to nearly $7 million to increase the minimum starting teacher salary in public schools.
The Bureau of Legislative Research released the report at a state legislative committee Monday, offering several options to raise the current salary for new educators.
The minimum starting salary for teachers with a bachelor's degree and no teaching experience is about $29,200.
A Saline County Quorum Court committee touched on a fiery topic Monday night â€” one that has been brought before the justices of the peace several times in the past year â€”Â but ultimately backed away from the issue without taking any action.
The Finance and Personnel Committee discussed a proposed ordinance that could have regulated what was determined to be the unsafe discharge of a firearm in a congested area of an unincorporated part of the county.
A Benton police officer who allegedly disregarded a stop sign was struck by another vehicle Sept. 2 at the intersection of Northshore Drive and Alcoa Road.
The officer, John Spatdaro, who was driving a Benton police vehicle at the time of the accident, is currently not placed on administrative leave. The department is reviewing the incident, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.
The Saline County Sheriff's Office investigated the accident.
Benton Police Department
â€¢Darrol Barnes, 57, of Benton was arrested on Edison Avenue for being named on two active warrants.
â€¢A woman on Oakwood Drive reported several items were stolen from her rental residence.
â€¢Troy Benesch, 29, of Benton was arrested on Hicks Road and charged with assault. He was also named on an active warrant.
â€¢Wydall Bennings, 35, of Benton was arrested at Dollar General on Military Road and charged with public intoxication.
â€¢A man on West Sevier Street reported his lawn ornament was stolen.