Board ap­proves 2019-20 bud­get, money trans­fers

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

The Bryant School Board dur­ing a reg­u­lar meet­ing Thurs­day ap­proved the dis­trict’s bud­get for the 2019-20 school year, as well as money trans­fers for var­i­ous con­struc­tion project.

Changes to this year’s bud­get in­cludes salaries for new po­si­tions for Bryant Junior High School, as well as sev­eral salary sched­ule changes.

The dis­trict has a rather tight bud­get with ex­pected revenues at $81,138,226 and ex­penses ex­pected at $81,138,226. Salaries for both cer­ti­fied and clas­si­fied em­ploy­ees are the big­gest cost for the dis­trict at more than half of the es­ti­mated ex­penses.

Also in­cluded in the bud­get is a re­serve of $213,881.21 dis­trict of­fi­cials plan to use for em­ployee bonuses.

“I re­ally want to do every­thing we can to give some kind of bonus” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Karen Walters.

The board ap­proved money trans­fers for var­i­ous projects.

The con­struc­tion of the dis­trict’s

main­te­nance/trans­porta­tion/ tech­nol­ogy build­ing came in $127,424 un­der bud­get. The board voted to trans­fer $100,000 to the P.E. Fa­cil­ity project and $27,424 to the con­struc­tion of a band shell at Hor­net Sta­dium.

After clos­ing out the 201819 school year bud­get, the board ap­proved the trans­fer of ap­prox­i­mately $1.7 mil­lion into the dis­trict’s build­ing fund.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the board voted to add an item to the agenda. In May, the board ap­proved the pur­chase of stor­age for band in­stru­ments at Bryant Junior High School. After re­ceiv­ing the items in the wrong color, the dis­trict de­cided to ac­cept a bid from Supreme Fix­ture Com­pany for the stor­age items.

The cost for the project is $54,413.75.

After meet­ing in an ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion for ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes, the board ap­proved per­son­nel changes in­clud­ing res­ig­na­tions, new hires and con­tract ad­just­ments.

Ced­te­ria Thomp­son, an in­struc­tional para­pro­fes­sional, re­signed. Yara Cazares and Ken­dre Harper were hired as in­struc­tional para­pro­fes­sional. Anna Bell and Tyler Ryan re­ceived the ad­di­tion of an ele­men­tary ro­bot­ics spon­sor stipend. Brenda Qualls re­signed the FBLA spon­sor stipend. As of Thurs­day, the dis­trict cur­rent en­roll­ment is at 9,428 stu­dents. The 2018-19 school year be­gan with less than 9,300 stu­dents in the dis­trict, Walters said. Other items on the agenda in­clude:

•13 trans­fer re­quests.

•The dis­trict’s al­ter­na­tive method of in­struc­tion plan for the 2019-20 school year. The dis­trict’s plan for AMI days will go into ef­fect on the first day missed, ac­cord­ing to the plan.

•The in­stal­la­tion of a BDA sys­tem at Bryant Junior High School. This sys­tem will im­prove sig­nal within the school so that in the case of an emer­gency, fire­fight­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers will have ra­dio sig­nal.

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The 2019-20 Bryant Stu­dent Se­nate of­fi­cers are all smiles while be­ing honored by the Bryant School Board. Of­fi­cers in­clude Con­nor Mau­rer, pres­i­dent; Brook­lyn Waller, vice pres­i­dent; Adreana Jones, sec­re­tary; Aubriekate Mose­ley, trea­surer; Truli Bates, par­lia­men­tar­ian; Libby Ma­jors, re­porter-his­to­rian and Grace Car­mack, spirit chair.

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Mem­bers of the Lady Hor­net Soc­cer team are rec­og­nized Thurs­day by the Bryant School Board for win­ning the 6A State Cham­pi­onship ti­tle dur­ing the 2019 sea­son. As part of the recog­ni­tion, team mem­bers were pre­sented their state cham­pi­onship by Coach Ni­cole Inman.

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Bethel Mid­dle School sev­enth-grader Amelia John­son pic­tured with Fu­ture Busi­ness Lead­ers of Amer­ica spon­sor Cheryl Har­rell is rec­og­nized by Bryant School Board Vice Pres­i­dent Ben Lewellen. John­son re­cently won first place at the Na­tional FBLA Con­ven­tion for her 30-sec­ond el­e­va­tor speech.

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