An­nual Re­port pre­sented at board meet­ing

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

By state law, each year school of­fi­cials are re­quired to dis­close cer­tain in­for­ma­tion dur­ing an An­nual Re­port to the Pub­lic.

Dur­ing a Bryant School Board meet­ing Thurs­day a video was played to show­case in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing the district’s strate­gic plan, de­mo­graph­ics about stu­dents and teach­ers, ser­vices that are avail­able to stu­dents, stu­dent test­ing scores and the district’s suc­cesses.

The Bryant School District has a pre-kinder­garten pro­gram, eight el­e­men­tary schools, two mid­dle schools, a ju­nior high school and a high school.

The district had 1,171 staff mem­bers and an en­roll­ment of 9,136 stu­dents for the 2018-19 school year.

Ap­prox­i­mately 38 per­cent of stu­dents are con­sid­ered low­in­come and 13 per­cent of stu­dents re­ceive spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices. Sev­enty eight stu­dents met the re­quire­ments of the Mckin­ney Vento Home­less Act.

Stu­dents in the district rep­re­sent 32 lan­guage groups.

Of the teach­ers in the district, 36 per­cent have bach­e­lor’s de­grees, 56 per­cent have mas­ter’s de­grees and 8 per­cent have ad­vanced de­grees. Thirty-nine teach­ers have earned their na­tional board cer­ti­fi­ca­tions.

The Class of 2019 had 631 grad­u­ates who earned more than $16.4 mil­lion in schol­ar­ship funds. The grad­u­a­tion rate for the district was 92.26 per­cent

The district also had an av­er­age ACT score of 20.89, which is higher than the state av­er­age at 19.86.

Ap­prox­i­mately 384 Bryant stu­dents earned con­cur­rent credit and 623 stu­dents took ad­vanced place­ment courses.

The Bryant pre-kinder­garten

pro­gram had 160 stu­dents in eight class­rooms.

The Food Ser­vice Depart­ment served 1,800 break­fast and 4,400 lunch meals per day and the Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment had 115 buses trans­ported more than 6,700 stu­dents.

At the Hor­net Health Cen­ter, 1,202 med­i­cal pa­tients, 41 eye care pa­tients and 109 den­tal pa­tients were seen.

Last year, three Bryant schools re­ceived an A rat­ing and the other six schools re­ceived B rat­ings. Bethel Mid­dle School and Springhill El­e­men­tary School ranked in the top 5 per­cent of schools for aca­demic per­for­mance. Bryant High School ranked in the top 6 to 10 per­cent of schools for aca­demic growth. Collegevil­le El­e­men­tary School ranked in the top 6 to 10 per­cent of schools for aca­demic per­for­mance.

The Bryant School District re­ceived rev­enues of ap­prox­i­mately $116,000,000.

The to­tal ex­pen­di­tures for the year was $157,653.106 with more than $63 mil­lion go­ing to­ward salary and ben­e­fits ex­pen­di­tures and more than $70 mil­lion for con­struc­tion projects.

The av­er­age salary for a teacher in the district is $56,953.

The district com­pleted sev­eral con­struc­tion projects in­clud­ing Park­way El­e­men­tary School and a main­te­nance, trans­porta­tion and tech­nol­ogy build­ing, Bryant Ju­nior High School, a new cafe­te­ria at Bryant High School and a band shell at Hor­net Sta­dium. Projects still in the works were the PE Fa­cil­ity and Fine Arts Cen­ter at Bryant High School and ren­o­va­tions to Hor­net Sta­dium.

The video as well as a as the en­tire An­nual Re­port is avail­able on the district’s web­site at bryantscho­ols.org.

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