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School board to present Teacher of the Year, vote on hiring new teacher

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The Altus Public Schools Board of Education will meet Monday at 5 p.m. to learn who is the winner of the district’s Teacher of the Year, vote on hiring a new first grade teacher and vote on whether to approve selling surplus band and track and field equipment.

The board meets in the board room of the Administrative Center, 219 N. Lee St. in Altus.

Cindy Allen, director of curriculum for the district and chairperson of the district’s professional development committee, will announce the teachers of the year by school and the district’s Teacher of the Year. Teachers of the year for each school are: Cassandra Morris, Rivers Elementary School; Angela McKenzie, Altus Early Childhood Center; Sonya Keyser-Gay, Altus Primary School; Ryanne Foret, Altus Elementary School; Staci Cope, Altus Intermediate School; Jennie McLeod, Altus Junior High School; and Brandi Manning, Altus High School. (The Altus Times had a brief explanation of each teacher’s accomplishments in the Jan. 12 edition).

Finalists for the district’s Teacher of the Year, which includes a $500 stipend, include Cope, McLeod and Manning. Each school’s teacher of the year receives a $150 stipend.

Teachers at each school must submit a resume and a short essay on “What It Means To Be A Teacher” to a selection committee. The committee narrows the list of finalists for district Teacher of the Year to three names and teachers throughout the district vote on those three.

The board will be asked to approve the hiring of Shannon Lambert as a first grade teacher at Altus Primary School. Lambert would fill the position left vacant with the loss of Teresa Hicks who passed away suddenly last month.

High school band instructor Jeff Hastings has asked the board to approve the sale of a Roland Model Fantom-G8 synthesizer to a district interested in buying it. The synthesizer is 10 years old and Hastings said he could sell it for $1,000 and use that money along with money in his budget to buy a newer model Yamaha which sells for $1,600.

High school girls track coach Robert Garrison has asked the board to approve the declaration of surplus pole vaulting equipment at Altus Junior High where the district’s track facility is located. The equipment includes pole vault standards, pole vault mats, pole vault standard mats and a pole vault mat cover. Garrison listed the equipment as in poor or fair condition.

Joyce Foster has requested permission to address the board concerning special classes for students with disabilities who are not mentally challenged.

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