Board of Education holds meeting


The Altus Board of Education held a regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Administrative Building to honor some athletes and finalize some personnel matters.

The meeting began with roll call of members, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

Altus High School Principal Rita Beisel recognized the Altus FFA Team for winning the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Association State Championship.

“We’ve made a lot of presentations this year and that’s great,” Beisel said. “This is the fourth time they’ve won the state championship.”

FFA degree recipients, Nevin Lawson and Kory Baker, were also recognized. To earn this degree, Lawson and Baker have shown leadership skills. The FAA degree is the highest degree that the Oklahoma State FFA gives.

Because of the lack of staff, there will not be a driver’s education course offered this summer.

The board approved the retirement of Principal Esther Reyes from Will Rogers Elementary School and that goes into effect on June 16.

The board also accepted the resignations of music teacher Devon Breitling from Rivers Elementary School, art teacher Stacy Cox from Altus High School and kindergarten teacher Stacey Jordan from Washington Elementary School. Teachers’ aides Loretta Cain and Laura Mills-Cherry from Rivers Elementary School also resigned. Those go into effect May 20.

The board voted unanimously to approve the extended school year personnel for 2015-2016. They also approved the personnel needed for summer school and summer maintenance staff.

The board unanimously voted to approve the new retrofit roof for Sunset Elementary School.

“That’s going to cost $9,440.16 and that’ll be paid from the building fund,” Board President Stephen Barnett said.

The board voted unanimously to approve the parking lot renovations at Altus Primary School for $39,090.00. That will also come from the building fund.

The board voted unanimously to postpone taking the necessary action of approving a mascot for Altus Early Childhood Center, Altus Primary School, Altus Elementary School and Rivers Elementary School.

Barnett asked if there was any new business that needed attention before calling for a vote to adjourn the meeting.

“Well, I wanted to see that new baby…but she just took it and ran,” Board Member John Thomas said, referring to Board Member James Patterson’s wife and their new baby.

The board then voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting.

Board of Education members, from left, are Air Force Col. Terri Jones, John Thomas, Roger Hill, Stephen Barnett, Kelley Duncan, James Patterson and Karen Sanchez.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BOE3-1.pdfBoard of Education members, from left, are Air Force Col. Terri Jones, John Thomas, Roger Hill, Stephen Barnett, Kelley Duncan, James Patterson and Karen Sanchez. Kathleen Guill | The Altus Times

State FFA degree recipients honored Monday are, from left, Nevin Lawson and Kory Baker.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BOE2-1.pdfState FFA degree recipients honored Monday are, from left, Nevin Lawson and Kory Baker. Kathleen Guill | The Altus Times

The Altus FFA Shooting Team, from left, are in the back row, Harrison Holder, Hunter Pence, Nevin Lawson, Ben Brown, Josh Hurst, Kody King; and in the front row, Coach Lawrence Wilks, Braden McElwee, Erin Waldroop, Baylee Cox, Karson Weldon, Gannon Smith, Caitlyn Cox and Tori Booker.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BOE1-1.pdfThe Altus FFA Shooting Team, from left, are in the back row, Harrison Holder, Hunter Pence, Nevin Lawson, Ben Brown, Josh Hurst, Kody King; and in the front row, Coach Lawrence Wilks, Braden McElwee, Erin Waldroop, Baylee Cox, Karson Weldon, Gannon Smith, Caitlyn Cox and Tori Booker. Kathleen Guill | The Altus Times

By Kathleen Guill

The Altus Times

 

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