Bryant Public Schools joins districts across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month in January.
“Our board members assume a crucial role in representing our students and advocating for public education,” said Dr. Karen Walters, Bryant Superintendent. “We are very proud of our members, and Arkansas School Board Recognition Month is a great time to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments.”
Members of the Board include:
- President Scott Hart, serving since 2008
- Vice President Scott Walsh, serving since 2015
- Secretary Joe Wishard, serving since 2008
- Sandra Porter, serving since 2006
- Rhonda Sanders, serving since 2007
- Ben Lewellen, serving since 2016
- Danny Chism, serving since 2017
As publicly elected school leaders, Arkansas school board members set policy for their respective districts. Under state law, they are empowered to hire and evaluate the superintendent, oversee district finances, approve the budget, and determine the vision and mission of the district. The Board’s leadership was instrumental in developing the district’s strategic plan for the next five years, Our Plan for Success. School boards must also approve the curriculum and ensure the district maintains adequate facilities for teaching and learning.
In addition to their board duties, state law requires Arkansas school board members to earn a minimum of six hours of professional development each year in areas related to their role and responsibilities. These dedicated public servants spend countless hours serving students, parents and staff. Our deepest appreciation is extended for their commitment to our Bryant family.