Return to Headlines

School Cancellation 2-11-2020

NEWS RELEASE – School Closure

Thursday morning we lost Dick Atha, a man that most people in Benton County recognize as an icon for Benton Central, Benton Community Schools and Benton County. His passing will leave a void in our school community that can never be filled. He was the #1 Bison.


Many of our faculty, staff members, and students have developed a deep bond with Mr. Atha and need the opportunity to grieve, along with his family, in this time of great loss. To allow those who wish to attend the service, the decision has been made to close Benton Community Schools on Tuesday, February 11th. The funeral service will be held that day at 10:30 a.m. in the Benton Central Jr/Sr High School Arena gym. 


This decision is not taken lightly and is made to honor a man that has done so much for Benton Community Schools over his career and lifetime. Mr. Atha has given his best and deserves the greatest reverence and respect during this time that we can offer him and his family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this loss in their lives.


If we are not granted a waiver, this day will be made up on Friday, May 29th.