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VOTE FOR THE MILLAGE
on Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Q: Why should I vote FOR the millage?
A: You should vote FOR the millage to relieve overcrowding in our schools by
allowing the district to build two new elementary schools, a new junior high school,
and additional buildings to Bryant High School. More schools mean less
Q: Is reducing overcrowding the only benefit of voting FOR the millage?
A: No. Voting FOR the millage will give Bryant Public Schools the resources to
recruit and retain the very best teachers and staff for our students.
Q: How would that work?
A: Local school districts compete for top teachers and staff. To attract and keep
those teachers and staff, the school district must increase salaries. Competitive
salaries mean the best teachers and staff.
Q: If I have children or grandchildren in Bryant schools, what does the millage mean for me?
A: Voting FOR the millage means students will get an even better education in an improved learning environment.
Q: If I don’t have children attending Bryant schools, what does the millage mean for me?
A: Voting FOR the millage means our outstanding schools will attract more families, businesses, and economic growth. The best teachers and staff, and more schools, equal a stronger, prouder community, with higher property values.
Q: What else will the millage be used for?
A: Voting FOR the millage will allow the school district to improve safety through less traffic congestion at elementary and middle schools, while also replacing physical education, health, fine arts, and kitchen and dining facilities at Bryant High School. (See a list of improvements.)
Q: What is the current millage rate in the Bryant public school district, and how much would it be increased?
A: The current rate is 37.2 mils, and the increase would be 3.6 mils, putting the new rate at 40.8 mils. (A mil is 1/10th of a penny.) That rate would still be less than Little Rock, Pulaski County, Benton, and Harmony Grove school districts, meaning Bryant would retain a taxpayer advantage over these other districts.
Q: What does that mean in real dollars?
A: Voting FOR the millage means the communities served by the district would receive all of the benefits from the best teachers and staff, and new and improved schools for only 30¢ a day, based on the average value of homes in Bryant.
Q: How do I know the school district spends money efficiently?
A: Bryant Public Schools is currently ranked third in the state by the Arkansas Department of Education for efficiency as measured by expenditure per student.
Q: I want to be sure the school district spends the new money wisely. How can I be assured of that?
A: Voting FOR the millage will allow the school district to continue efficient spending by using funds to improve salary schedules attracting and keeping the best teachers and staff, while using new and existing funds to increase maintenance of the schools we have, and build the schools we need to relieve overcrowding now and when district students grow from over 9,300 this year to a projected 12,500 within eight years. (See list of projects here.)
Note: Bryant Schools did not participate in accepting School Choice Students in 2015-16 or 2016-17. School Choice students represent 2% of the district’s total enrollment.
Q: Who can vote in this election?
A: Registered voters living in the Bryant School District (not only the city of Bryant) are eligible to vote. This includes areas of Alexander, Benton, Salem, Mabelvale, Shannon Hills, Paron, Bauxite, and Avilla.
Q: How can I check my eligibility to vote?
Register to vote by Monday, February 13, for early voting and election day voting. Check voter eligibility at voterview.org. Voters must be registered to vote no later than Monday, February 13, to vote on Tuesday, March 14, or to vote in early voting from Tuesday, March 7-Monday, March 13. Further voter registration information is available here.