An Open Letter to the Community from Jeremiah Oltmans, Chairman
Keep Bryant Schools Moving Millage Campaign Committee
Since my days in the Bryant School District, a new norm has occurred: Overcrowding. Over the past several years, the District has attempted to eliminate this problem with Millage elections, both of which failed. As a result, the district has had to make changes to its budget in order to save money for buildings.
Since the 2014-2015 school year, the district began saving approximately $6 million a year to be placed in the building fund. Although the district could not save enough money for the building of the facilities, it has helped reduce the required amount of new mils from 4.9 to 3.6. So, an additional 3.6 mils will be asked for in the vote on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
The district has made several difficult decisions on where to cut costs, such as closure of Paron Elementary, elimination of off-campus field trips and some elective classes, reduction in the number of learning specialists and other staff positions, and a 10% cut to school and department budgets. The district has endured extremely high growth, even after eliminating School Choice, which would allow students from other districts to attend Bryant Schools if we participated.
Since the failure of the millage in 2015, the district has frozen teacher and staff salaries in order to save the money for facilities. This has caused our district to fall behind other schools when it comes to competing for and retaining the absolute best-qualified teachers and staff for our kids.
The passage of the millage addresses the overcrowding issue by adding needed facilities. By addressing the facilities’ needs, the district will be able to reallocate the funds that were saved for facilities, applying them to increase teacher and staff salaries, additional instructional programs for students, and continue saving for future facilities’ needs.
As a Bryant Alumnus, I strongly urge you to consider voting FOR the millage election on Tuesday, March 14 (early voting begins Tuesday, March 7). The passage of this issue is critical to the future of not only our school system, but our community as a whole. If you or anyone you know has any questions or doubts on why to vote FOR the millage, feel free to contact me, and please vote to Keep Bryant Schools Moving on Tuesday, March 14.
Thank you for your support.
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The information on this website is provided by the Keep Bryant Schools Moving Committee, P.O. Box 675, Bryant, AR 72089. Email:
Paid for by the Keep Bryant Schools Moving Committee,
Matt Orender, Treasurer
Mayor Jill Dabbs
Greater efficiencies in the operation and maintenance of existing, as well as new facilities, using current operation funds.
Maximizing every dollar means spending your money wisely.
Construction of two new elementary schools, a new junior high school, and additional buildings at Bryant High School.
More schools mean less overcrowding and a better learning environment.
Increase salaries to recruit and retain the very best teachers and staff.
Competitive salaries mean best teachers and improved student learning.
The millage will enable Bryant Public Schools to fund improvements for students, teachers, and our community. When you vote FOR the millage, here’s what you can expect:
on Tuesday, March 14, 2017