The Altus Public Schools Board of Education revisited the MAPS renovation projects as they prepare to begin work on the Altus High School auditorium, cafeteria, and the music and band building

By Ryan Lewis -

The Altus Public Schools Board of Education met for their regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday and of the items on the agenda, an update on MAPS and future renovation projects and the approval of new seating for the Altus High School Auditorium were the two most discussed items.

The meeting began with comments from APS Superintendent Roger Hill regarding the MAPS money available.

“We are moving forward with preliminary plans and some of these plans will be presented to the board fairly quickly. We have had a conversation with the city of Altus and it is my understanding that the resolution that the board approved on MAPS will be presented to the city council at the September 5 city council meeting,” Hill said. “With that, we are very optimistic that we will continue on with MAPS throughout the duration of 2021. We certainly want to express our appreciation for what I believe is a very good partnership with the City of Altus.”

The main campus of the high school has been renovated for quite some time and just recently, the Agriculture Education building was extensively remodeled to match the rest of the campus, but there are still many areas that need improvement.

Among the areas that need improvement, are the high school auditorium and the music and band building.

“We have several projects that we’re currently looking at including the high school auditorium, the high school cafeteria, and the band and music building on the high school campus,” Hill said. “We anticipate having somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.2 million dollars remaining to be collected to be used for those three projects. With that said, we look forward to those projects being completed.”

After moving forward, the board approved a list of resignations as well as a $500 stipend for District Teacher of the Year and a $150 stipend for Building Teacher’s of the Year.

The board shelved the item on the agenda dealing with the termination of the extra-duty contract for J.C. Stafford as Vocational Agriculture teacher.

The concern is that enrollment numbers in Ag education are low and that an additional teacher at this time might not be needed.

“I’d like to recommend that no action be taken on this item and also, I mentioned the fact that we are looking at enrollment numbers across the district and currently with pre-enrollment as of today, we have two classes with single digit enrollment numbers,” Hill said.

The next item on the agenda was to approve the lowest responsible bid for the replacement of seats in the high school auditorium.

“I’m pleased to announce we have two bids that we’ve received. Heartland Seating from Shawnee, Kan. submitted a bid for $154,773 and Performance Surfaces out of Oklahoma City submitted a bid for $171,111,” Hill said. “It is our recommendation that we go with Heartland Seating.”

The accepted bid will go to replace all of the seats in the auditorium while also having a replacement fee of $141 per seat as needed.

The board then voted to adjourn.

By Ryan Lewis

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

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