I’m filing this under “Community”. It only affects sports in a roundabout way, because it affects the kids that play them.
I’m going to go vote today and I’m going to vote FOR the millage increase.
It’s because I’ve been through the high school on many occasions and know it needs to be overhauled. It needed to be overhauled when my son Ben was going there as a member of the Class of 2001. It needs it still as my daughter Kate approaches her graduation in 2011.
Geez, there’s buildings they’re using that are older than I am. That’s too dang old!
I’m voting for the millage because I trust the school superintendent Dr. Richard Abernathy. I trust him because I know him to be a man of integrity but also because I trust the folks that I voted for on the school board that hired him.
As many of you know, my wife Jan taught art at the high school for many years and now teaches at Bryant Elementary. Neither facility is a jewel box even though there are many precious gems inside them.
I understand that there are people that are against the millage because they’re retired, living on fixed incomes and they don’t have any children or grandchildren in the schools. Maintaining your standard of living is getting to be a more and more treacherous proposition these days.
But I also understand there are people that will say anything to get their way.
There are others that are just plain stingy or selfish or both.
Bryant is not going to stop growing. It’s not even going to slow down. My only request is that the school district build with foresight, with that growth in mind; plan for the growth more conscientiously that ever. And do it right the first time. Don’t let this be another case where, after the fact, mistakes in the building or planning have to be corrected later.
While I hope for a day when Bryant will have a sports arena like the one in Alma or Greenbrier or Van Buren or Conway or North Little Rock or Forrest City; and a new press box, nice chair back seats and artificial turf at the football stadium; new grandstands at the softball and baseball fields; a new band building; and so on — hey, Bryant Elementary School could use some work too, right dear? — I’m behind this now. Better facilities for classes at the high school are top priority.
Yes, I’m voting “yes.” And I invite you to do so, as well.