Construction update given, technology plan approved at Bryant School Board meeting

By Jamie Miller

Construction on the different campuses throughout the Bryant School District is[more] right on track, according to Richard Stipe, Construction Manager, who reported to the Board of Education at its February meeting Tuesday night.

• At the new high school building, the classroom wings two, three, and four are in the finishing phases on construction. All of the windows have been installed in the building and they are on the finishing work.

• At Hill Farm Elementary the work continues to move forward quickly with all of the footings, foundation, and slab work completed. The steel is about to be erected immediately following receipt.

• The Salem Elementary project has been started as well with the kindergarten building slab being installed.

• Site work has begun at Springhill Elementary and the underground utilities are being installed.

Stipe was pleased with the progress of all of the ongoing endeavors but he said that now is the time that everything needs to stay on track in order to be completed by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.

The 2012-2014 Technology Plan was also presented to the school board in hopes of approval. The Bryant Technology Department, under the leadership of Mark McDougal, put together a three-year vision for the entire district that helps better implement the common core curriculum among other things. A district-wide technology committee also gave input into the plan through a series of meetings. The committee consisted of teachers, faculty and parents.

“We feel good about the product itself,” said Randy Rutherford, Bryant Superintendent, about the plan.

The plan was approved unanimously by the board.

Collegeville Elementary students were recognized at the commencement of the meeting for their efforts in recent Quiz Bowl competitions and Springhill Elementary fifth grade student Mitchell Jones was commended on his fourth-place finish in the “YES” Economic competition.

Rutherford commented on the ninth grade boys basketball team winning their conference as well as the conference tournament. The high school boys and girls basketball teams both qualified for the 7A state tournament as well.

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