The linkage between good school districts and good communities should be obvious. And it begins with expectations.
Leaders of the best school districts have high expectations for teachers, who then have high expectations for their students, which eventually produces better test scores. Parents take notice and eventually give back to the schools by getting involved and supporting their school, praising teachers, faculty, and pride in their school district. It’s a beautiful cycle that can bring much prosperity to a community like Bryant. Many families have moved to Bryant because of its schools – including many who work in Little Rock or other surrounding areas. And many of these accept the commute to Little Rock for their work if they know that their child is going to a great school in Bryant.
Great schools impact property values, as well. If the millage election scheduled for March 14, 2017 passes, the millage will cost Bryant homeowners about 30 cents per day, based on the average Bryant home value of $150,000. Is that additional cost worth the increased value that properties will enjoy as a result of having great schools? We believe so and hope the voters within Bryant’s school district agree. What we can’t afford is to allow Bryant schools to deteriorate – for the sake of our children and for our community.
When a good school thrives, the students get the benefit of an outstanding education. When good schools thrive, the community benefits from the enhanced property value spurred by positive recognition. If we keep Bryant schools moving forward, we keep the Bryant community moving forward as well. And that should always be our goal.