Board approves 2019-20 budget, money transfers
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.
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.
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.
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.