The Altus School Board met in regular session at the Administrative Center Monday afternoon. Students Chad Jordan and Logan Mealer were recognized and commended for being semi-finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Nationwide, 43,000 students applied, and 16,000 semi-finalists were selected. The Altus Junior High 9th grade football team was also congratulated at the meeting for an undefeated season. The teams largest win was against Lawton MacArthur.
Superintendent Roger Hill reported that no deficiencies were found in the District and Site Accreditation Status for 2015-16. An open seat in Ward One, for a 5-year term, will soon be up and available. The School Board election filing dates are set for Dec. 7-9.
The annual drop out report for Altus High School was given, showing a slight increase from last year. There were 45 students who dropped out, and there were 15 that were recovered. It was reported that the Bulldog Academy had 40 students enrolled and 12 graduates. Implemented ways currently used to decrease drop outs, include letters to parents, at-risk programs mentored by the Link program, and Math and English tutoring were discussed.
The consent agenda covered monthly reports on treasury, budget expenditures, and activity funds. No action was taken on policy 200.250-discrimination.
There were no retirements or new hire proposals. Resignations accepted were from Amber Willis at Will Rogers, librarian Tanya Wafe, non-certified personnel Loretta King, custodian Jackie Crawford, and bus driver Justin Willis.
Approval was given on a resolution to call for a school district election for Feb. 9, 2016. The election is for five-year school board member term in Ward One, currently held by Keith Phillips.
The meeting was adjourned with no new business.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221