Pol­icy changes, school pur­chases top Bryant board meet­ing agenda

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

The agenda for the Bryant

School Board’s reg­u­lar meet­ing to­day is a lengthy one which in­cludes dis­cus­sions about pur­chases for the Bryant Ju­nior High School along with up­dates to dis­trict poli­cies and stu­dent hand­books.

The board meet­ing will take place at 6 p.m. to­day at the Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter at the Bryant High School.

With Bryant Ju­nior High School set to open in Au­gust, the board will be dis­cussing the pur­chase of new tech­nol­ogy for the school.

Jeremy Cun­ning­ham, di­rec­tor for the dis­trict’s Tech­nol­ogy Depart­ment, will be pre­sent­ing in­for­ma­tion about the pur­chase of 90 lab com­put­ers, 450 Chrome­books and 15 charg­ing carts. He will also present a re­quest to add 80 com­put­ers for two en­gi­neer­ing labs and a busi­ness lab. This pur­chase is part of the dis­trict’s on­go­ing stu­dent de­vice rollover plan, ac­cord­ing to the board’s agenda.

The board is set to dis­cuss changes to the dis­trict’s poli­cies as well as stu­dent hand­books. Mem­bers had pre­vi­ously dis­cussed the changes dur­ing a work ses­sion ear­lier this month.

“Most of the pro­posed re­vi­sions (for dis­trict poli­cies) were made nec­es­sary by the en­act­ment of new laws by the Arkansas Gen­eral As­sem­bly or rules of the State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion,” ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion in­cluded in the agenda.

The board is sched­uled to rec­og­nize sev­eral stu­dents and teach­ers. Dur­ing the recog­ni­tions por­tion of the meet­ing, the board will honor mem­bers of the Lady Hor­nets track team, the Bryant High School es­ports team and teach­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the sec­ond lead­er­ship cadre.

Other items on the agenda in­clude:

•May 2019 Fi­nan­cial re­port.

•An out-of-state travel re­quest for the Bryant High School Band to at­tend a march­ing band com­pe­ti­tion in Oc­to­ber in In­di­anapo­lis.

•The pur­chase of Newsela Pro for all teach­ers and stu­dents. The in­struc­tional plat­form will be used by sec­ond through 12th grades. The cost for the plat­form is $61,650.

•The pur­chase of two new school buses. In­clud­ing the buses and equip­ment, the es­ti­mated cost is $98,641.

•Per­son­nel changes.

All meet­ings of the Bryant School Board are open to the pub­lic and at­ten­dance is en­cour­aged.

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