The Altus District Public Schools Board of Education approved a Resolution supporting a Oklahoma Education Coalition Funding Rally to be held at the State Capitol. The Resolution instructs Superintendent Roger Hill to support the rally on March, 31, to allow students, staff, and patrons to participate and call on Oklahoma Legislature to prioritize education funding and restore per pupil funding to “pre-recession” funding.
“We feel like the time has come for us to stand up for our students, stand up for public education and make public education a priority once again f0r the state of Oklahoma,” Superintendent Hill said on Monday, Feb. 10, during the monthly school board meeting before the resolution passed. “We feel like it is necessary to do this and show our support.”
Board Member Vice President Keith Phillips said that he agreed with the need to support the rally, and asked Hill about possible negative impact on future funding due to their actions at the Capitol.
“I personally think that it will not hurt anymore of the current status that we are in,” Hill said. “I think a lot of it has to do with our approach in terms of being respectful, courteous, and going up there and addressing concerns in a manner that is acceptable and not forcible and to not alienate people. That’s not our intentions. We feel like that in numbers from across the state… in support of public education, done in the right way can have a powerful impact on the outcome.”
The Board approved a change in the school calendar in relation to the education rally, making March 31, a non-school day, and having April 4, a school day.
Other items approved by the Board of Education include claims, the consent agenda and changes in personnel.
The Board approved retirements of certified personnel including Betty Hunter - Title I at Altus Intermediate School, Dave Newby - Social Studies at Altus Junior High, and Lynn Rowland - 6th Grade at AIS, all effective May, 23. Resignations included certified personnel Ed Jones, - Athletic Director for the District, effective Jan. 31, and non-certified personnel Veronica Alfaro - Secretary at Washington, effective June 9, Joe Harkins - Energy Manager for the District, effective June 30, Mandy Hopkins, Special Education at Washington, effective Feb. 7, Tanya Jones - Asst. Supt. Secretary for the District, effective Jan. 31, Arlene Pitts - Cook at AIS, effective May 23, and Fred Worbes - Grounds and Maintenance Manager for the District, effective June 30.
Substitutes approved were Krishaunda Behrens, Vanessa Gracia, Paulette Hernandez, Shakeyta Jones, Ana Mendez, Rita Stabolitis, and volunteer Bianca Garcia (AHS Girls Soccer).
The Board hired Jeremy Reed as the Athletic Director, effective Feb. 11, today, and as the Bulldogs Head Coach effective July 1. Also, Kaitlin Wait as Special Education at AIS, effective Feb 3, and support staff Carmen Woodard as Transportation Director’s Secretary, effective Feb 11.
The Board also approved for Superintendent Hill to attend the Altus Quail Breakfast, April 8-10 in Washington D.C.
There was no new business to discuss, before the meeting adjourned.