New Big Blue

Dis­trict to con­nect with com­mu­nity through event

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­

With Bryant Ju­nior High School set to open in less than a month for the 2019-20 school year, the Bryant School Dis­trict will be host­ing the first com­mu­nity expo and giv­ing tours of the new school.

The event is sched­uled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 1.

In­di­vid­u­als are in­vited to stop by through that time pe­riod and at­ten­dees do not have to live in the Bryant School Dis­trict, said Devin Sher­rill, spokesper­son for the dis­trict.

The dis­trict de­cided to host the event as a way to con­nect with Bryant fam­i­lies, as well as to show­case the new fa­cil­ity.

“We’re thrilled to show it off,” Sher­rill said. “We want the com­mu­nity to come see it’s in­vest­ment.”

Cur­rently, 90 ven­dors are sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in the expo. Ven­dors in­clude “a full range of busi­nesses that re­ally mar­ket to fam­i­lies,” as well as lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

At the expo, Bryant fam­i­lies can also learn about the

Hor­net Health Cen­ter. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Arkansas Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion are also sched­uled to have a booth at the event.

For the tour por­tion of the event, at­ten­dees will be able to view class­room spa­ces, the cafe­te­ria, me­dia cen­ter, band room, of­fices and gyms.

Staff will be sta­tioned at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions to give in­for­ma­tion about the new school.

The 252,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity has 79 class­rooms; 29 labs/spe­cialty ar­eas in­clud­ing sci­ence, busi­ness/ca­reer ed­u­ca­tion, and fam­ily con­sumer sci­ence spa­ces; mu­sic re­hearsal spa­ces; art rooms; and multi-use ar­eas in­clud­ing a black box theater. The twos­tory me­dia cen­ter fea­tures a com­puter lab.

Ath­letic spa­ces in­clude a 1,200-seat gym with stage; four prac­tice courts and 10 locker rooms.

More in­for­ma­tion about the event is avail­able on the dis­trict web­site, www.bryantscho­

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State Sen. Kim Ham­mer talks with Patrick Schroeder with Bald­win & Shell Con­struc­tion Com­pany and John Mc­mor­ran, ar­chi­tect for the project.

SARAH PERRY/THE Saline Courier

The re­cently con­structed Bryant Ju­nior High will be open­ing for the 2019-20 school year. The school is 252,000-square-feet and con­tains 79 class­rooms.

SARAH PERRY/THE Saline Courier

From left, Bryant grad­u­ate Gra­cie Kim­brell; Di­rec­tor of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices Tina Kim­brell, As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion Angie Dischinger and As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent for Ele­men­tary Ed­u­ca­tion Pam Kin­ney are all smiles while greet­ing at­ten­dees Thursday at the new school. Prior to a Bryant School Board meet­ing, com­mu­nity lead­ers were in­vited to tour the new school.

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