A very important election is being held next week, on Tuesday March 14th. Up for vote will be a new 10-year facility plan and millage proposal for the Bryant School District. The new facilities and the proposed millage to support their construction are much-needed to provide for the projected increase in student population over the next few years.
Some opponents of this proposal have suggested that the millage is meant merely to increase teacher salaries rather than ensuring that students enjoy the benefits. Some have even gone so far to suggest that the Bryant School Board doesn’t care about the students. These suggestions could not be further from the truth.
While Bryant Public School teachers will see a salary increase with the 3-year salary plan that will be put into place if the new millage passes, the primary goal of the millage is to expand facilities at public schools that are already overcrowded, hire additional teachers, and to provide for the growing number of new students the district expects to receive in the coming years. It is projected that “the Bryant School District will grow from 9,300 students this year to a projected 12,500 students within eight years.”
The 2017 millage proposal itself shows the commitment of the Bryant School District to the success and support of its students. The plan provides for the development of new elementary schools, a new junior high school, new facilities at Bryant High School, and the much-needed replacement of outdated buildings across the school district. If the millage passes, all of these proposals will benefit the students for the foreseeable future. Further, Bryant cannot sustain its undeniably growing population over the next several years without these infrastructure improvements and hiring of additional teachers to educate the numbers of incoming students.
A strong public school system supports economic growth, and our future growth depends on the success of our students. Rather than filling the pockets of public education officials and teachers, as the opponents suggest, the 2017 millage will allow Bryant Public Schools to grow to meet the demands of a growing population and economy. The real beneficiaries here will be the students!
If you are a Bryant resident, vote early or on March 14 FOR the millage increase that will help Bryant Public Schools support the needs of our growing community. Bryant Schools have received numerous awards for academic excellence in the past years, supporting a reputation that continues to attract more new residents to Bryant. In turn, these new residents support and continue to grow the Bryant economy. Despite what the opponents may say, the 2017 millage is much-needed and is part of an appropriately structured plan to support our schools and keep Bryant’s economy growing!