School Board okays placement of Juvenile Probation officers

By Jamie Miller

The Saline County Juvenile Court has recently contacted the Bryant School administration with[more] a request to place two Juvenile Probation Officers in the district. With the officers being present on campus, they will be able to closely monitor class attendance, grades, and other extracurricular activities that the students in the Juvenile system are involved in.

The hope is to cut down on truancy throughout the district, make sure the students stay on track to graduate, and prevent other students from becoming probationary offenders in the court system.
The program is "at no costs to the district," according to Superintendent Randy Rutherford.

At Tuesday night’s regular-scheduled February meeting, the school board approved the agreement between the district and the Saline County Juvenile Court.
"The Good News" is spreading throughout the district, literally. Devin Sherrill, Communications Director for Bryant schools, started a new publication called "The Good News," that is designed to circulate throughout Bryant to help promote the positive things that are occurring in the district. The goal is to have a monthly publication that will go throughout the city of Bryant as well as the schools by email and by hard copies. "This is a good first step," Rutherford said.

The Bryant High School Yearbook and Newspaper departments were recognized on their recent achievement of winning 21 individual awards at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association convention. This makes this year’s students the most awarded journalism department in Bryant history. The publications that were recognized included Hornet Yearbook, Prospective and Prospective Online.

Tara Seale, an AP Language and Composition teacher at Bryant High School, was recognized for being named National Council of Teachers of English 2012 Secondary Section High School Teacher of the Year.

Sarah Merayo, the ESL Coordinator for the Bryant District, presented information about the "English as a Second Language" program. The program exists to work with the community and the 300 students that are a part of the ESL program throughout the district. The program has grown over 75 students from last school year and every campus is equipped to accommodate non-English speaking students.

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