Student enrollment numbers down

Michael Bush, managing editor

August 16, 2013

A regular meeting of the Altus School Board was held Thursday in the Board conference room at the administrative center.

After approval of claims, Superintendent Roger Hill presented certificates to art students who had their work featured in the new school calendar. Also during the superintendent’s reports, Hill addressed student enrollment numbers.

Hill said that as of Aug. 14, there were 3,694 students enrolled in Altus Schools, compared to 3,734 for the same time last school year. Hill noted that numbers do not include Head Start (39 at Washington Elementary), and that he expects to see the numbers fluctuate day-to-day over the next few weeks. He added that they are still enrolling students at this time.

Reported total student count at each school are: Rivers Elementary, 357; Roosevelt Elementary, 306; Sunset Elementary, 462; Washington Elementary, 334; Will Rogers Elementary, 298; Altus Intermediate School, 512; Altus Junior High, 503; and Altus High School, 922.

The consent agenda was then approved, followed by the presentation of monthly reports, and items including contract approvals and the extended day care at Rivers, Roosevelt, Sunset, and Washington Elementary Schools.

Other agenda items included activity fundraisers and use of school facilities, an inter-agency agreement between Altus Public Schools and Southwestern Youth Services, sanctioning of organizations, policies, and the acceptance of retirements, reassignments, resignations, proposed substitutes, and volunteers.

There were no retirements to approve. There was one certified resignation, AHS Social Studies teacher Randy McKee, and seven non-certified. They were AHS cook Jane Brooks, Special Ed. Bus Aide Alice Cantu, Special Ed. Aid Katrina Estep, Grounds and Maintenance’s Ed Heflin, AIS Custodian Larry Kuykendall, Bus Driver Turid Rogers, and Bus Driver Gary Usher.

There were two non-certified reassignments wiht a change in salary. They were Elena Buentello from Homeless Liasion Aide to Special Ed Bus Aide, and Don Goforth from a 7 hour Bus Driver to an 8 hour Bus Driver.

The proposed substitute list was approved, as was the time sheet, volunteers, and extra duty recommendations. Approved substitutes were: Martha Busby, Shannon Cansler, Susan Grimes, Teresa McLaughlin, Rosemary Ortega, Melissa Parks, Esmeralda Santos, Melissa Small, Yma Wall, Tamara Ward, Dora Weddle, and Georgia Youngblood.

Approved Time Sheet employees approved were:  Tom Bailey Athletics, Donnie Bevers Athletics, Aurora Briones Migrant, Penny Bush Athletics, Paula Carnes Athletics, Angela Coronado Migrant, Amanda Davis Athletics, Jack Diltz Athletics, Janet Diltz Athletics, John Pete Downs Athletics, Sandra Garcia Migrant, Mary Gonzalez Migrant, Fred Hancock Athletics, Tanya Jones Athletics, Jeep Johnson Athletics, Kevin Marple Athletics, Dennis Mills Athletics, Harry Nolan Athletics, Melissa Parks Athletics, Rick Patterson Athletics, Dennis Ratslaff Athletics, Joe Don Royal Athletics, Libby Royal Athletics, Helen Scott Athletics, Terry Shaffer Athletics, Michael Shive Athletics, Mike Torres Athletics, Bryan Vogt Athletics, and Brandon Ybarra Athletics.

Volunteers approved were: Carly Cox Cheerleading, Susan Grimes AJH Library, and Tommy Pride Athletics.

Extra duty approvals were: Jeremy Atteberry 7th Gr. Asst. Football and HS Boys Asst. Soccer, Jay Benway JH Head Wrestling, Eric Bradley 7th Gr. Girls Asst. Basketball, Kevin Clothier 7th Gr. Boys Asst. Basketball, Gary Freeman 9th Gr. Boys Head Basketball and HS Girls Head Softball, Barry Giles HS Asst. Wrestling, Kara McBrayer 8th Gr. Girls Asst. Basketball, Tim Rincker 7th Gr. Boys Head Basketball, and Bobby Thomason 8th Gr. Girls Asst. Basketball.

New hires on temporary contracts were presented and approved. Certified were Melinda Michael, Special Ed at Will Rogers Elementary, and Bobby Thomason, Social Studies at Altus Junior High. Support staff hired was Craig Bergener as an 8 hour bus driver, Glenda Cryer as a 7 hour bus driver, Randle Hawkins as a 2 hour bus driver, and De Jones as a 4 hour bus driver.

No executive session was held at this meeting.

The Board then approved Superintendent Hill to be the school representative for the Altus Local Development Act Review committee for the Tax Increment District related to the Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport.

The Board also approved the continuation of the Energy Education Conservation policy, approved a van as surplus and authorized the district to solicit bids for a new vehicle.

the Board then accepted a bid from Altus Sand and Gravel to pave a parking lot at Altus High School. The paving option is for concrete and edging at a cost of $135,000 to be paid from sales tax revenues. It was noted that the cost difference from a concrete finish and asphalt was only $167.33.

There was new new business, and the meeting adjourned.