Board honors AP students, receives construction, technology updates

By Devin Sherrill

Communications Director, Bryant School District

The Bryant School Board recognized 30 AP Scholars from Bryant High School at its regular[more] November meeting on Monday night.

AP Scholar Whitney Meyer with School Board president Scott Hart.

The AP Scholar awards are presented to high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through Advanced Placement courses and exams. Students must receive scores of 3 or higher (out of 5) on three or more AP exams. Board President Scott Hart presented the two AP Scholars attending the meeting, Jessica Ayliff and Whitney Meyer, with certificates of recognition.

Richard Stipe, District Business Manager, updated the board on the remaining construction projects in the district. Many of the outstanding punch list items will be undertaken during the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks when students and staff are out of the buildings. Both Hill Farm and Bryant High School are still in the commissioning process for LEED certification. BHS is currently in review with USGBCI to obtain Silver level certification. Hill Farm is set to achieve Certified status.AP Scholar Jessica Ayliff and School Board president Scott Hart.

Mark McDougal, District Technology Director, presented the district’s current utilization of technology in the classroom. The presentation shared how teachers, students and staff use technology to teach the Common Core standards, remediate students and provide professional development throughout the district. The Board was introduced to the Hornets’ Nest, the staff website for technology professional development and resources. Also introduced was Edmodo, an online learning and secure social network for students and parents still being developed for use in the District.

The City of Bryant Parks and Recreation Program is seeking board approval to use gym facilities at Bryant Elementary and Hurricane Creek Elementary for team practice during their youth program basketball season. This was presented as an information item, and will be brought back before the Board in December for action.

The Board received an update on turf donations. The majority of the donating organizations are on track with their pledges, so full funding is expected for the project.

Approval was given by the Board to purchase five new 83-passenger school buses.

The Board then adjourned to executive session for personnel items.

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