School elections always seem to confuse the voting public. Whether these elections are held during the regular school elections in September or in special elections at other times of year, many voters are not sure if they are eligible to vote in a particular election.
School elections are unique in the fact that school districts are not based on normal defining boundaries, such as city limits or county borders. Arkansas school district boundaries have evolved over the past 100 years due to the consolidation of thousands of small, local school districts into the current 238 school districts. As smaller districts came together to form larger districts, school district boundaries were rarely changed to match county boundaries much less city limits. Fortunately, Bryant Public Schools is located solely in Saline County.
Cities in our state have annexed property into their municipalities over time. This results in school districts serving citizens living in many different communities. Bryant Public Schools proudly serves patrons living in Bryant, Shannon Hills, Benton, Paron, Salem, Alexander, Mabelvale, Bauxite, and Avilla. Since many people hear Bryant Public Schools is having a school election, they think if they don’t live in the city limits of Bryant, they are not eligible to vote in this election. However, that is not true because these communities are within the Bryant School District.
So, how does someone know if they are eligible to vote in the upcoming Bryant Public School election? If you have children attending or have had children that attended Bryant Public Schools, then more than likely you are eligible to vote in the election. The surest way to confirm your voting eligibility is a call to the Saline County Assessor’s Office at 1-800-794-5800, provide them with your residential address, and they can verify if you live in the Bryant School District.
The right to vote is one of our most sacred obligations as a citizen. As you exercise your responsibility to vote, you help ensure a strong democracy for our future. A vote FOR the millage on March 14th will keep our schools moving forward and our communities strong.