Bryant Public Schools and the communities it serves, is well recognized by parents, educators, civic leaders, and business people as a leading district in Arkansas. The continued growth of the school district, which matches the growth of Bryant and surrounding communities, is a result of an attention to excellence, recognized by parents and school supporters alike.
Impressive growth continues. In order to keep up with that growth, additional school funding is necessary. This additional funding will come in the form of 3.6 mils added to district property taxes, but only with your vote FOR the millage on Tuesday, March 14 (see information about early voting here).
The new mils will cost homeowners only 30¢ a day, based on the average value of homes in Bryant, allowing an increase in salaries for the best teachers and staff, and the construction of new school buildings to reduce overcrowding. Working together, these improvements will provide a better learning environment for our students.
ABOUT THE BRYANT SCHOOL MILLAGE
Improvements and initiatives considered by the Bryant School Board are designed to build new schools to relieve overcrowding, recruit and keep the best teachers and staff, and improve opportunities for students.
IMPROVEMENTS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE MILLAGE
1. Use new millage revenue to construct two new elementary schools to relieve overcrowding. One school will be built immediately; the second school in 2021.
2. Build a new junior high school on the Hill Farm property for all 8th and 9th grade students (allowing existing middle schools to be 6th and 7th grades only, resulting in 400 new open slots; and taking over 800 9th grade students off the Bryant High School campus). Moving these students from those campuses will relieve overcrowding in those buildings.
3. Replace outdated facilities at Bryant High School with new capacity for the future growth in student population by 2025. Facilities include PE/Health facilities, fine arts performance and instruction facility, and kitchen and dining expansion.
4. Retain $6 million in the school district operating fund, allowing $3.5 million for increased teacher and staff salaries (which have remained flat for the last two years). A three-year salary plan has been developed to recruit and retain the very best teachers and staff.
5. Use the remaining $2.5 million (of the $6 million) for district operating funds, allocated for major maintenance and future construction needs. Some projects would be eligible for matching funds from the State Facilities Division.
6. Increase maintenance funds for existing buildings.
7. Fully staff maintenance, technology, food service, and custodial positions.
8. Improve safety and convenience at elementary schools for dropping off and picking up students, upgrades at other campuses, and purchasing property around Bryant High School for student population growth.
9. Relocate Maintenance and Transportation Buildings to the Hill Farm property to alleviate traffic congestion on the main campus.