AHS Band All-State students recognized

By Mary O.Esparza, - mesparza@civitasmedia.com

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of the Altus Public Schools was held Monday in the Board Conference Room of the Administrative Center.

Altus High School Principal Rita Beisel recognized clarinet band student Kayla Miller, and trombone student Ethan Cole for being chosen as All-State Band students, for the second year in a row.

Cindy Allen, Director of Curriculum, recognized Teacher of the Year finalists, and the 2016 Altus Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Finalists included Christina Sewell, Denise Durrance, Mindy Hawthorne, Amanda Roberson, Debra Mardes, Stacy Cope, and Jackie Russell. Altus High School Science teacher Randall Hoffman was named the 2016 APS Teacher of the Year.

Assistant Superintendent Roe Worbes reported on the Grade Centers community meetings that were held at Washington and Sunset Elementary Schools. He said that attendance has been good, and that patrons have asked fair questions and respectfully voiced concerns. Superintendent Hill praised the work and excellent research performed by the committee. Board member John Thomas expressed, “There still remains unanswered questions, that can’t be answered, until we make a change.” The committees final recommendation will be presented at the Feb. 8 school board meeting. The board will then vote for or against the conversion.

Consent agenda items were approved. There were no retirements or resignations, or new hires. The only reassignment of District Personnel was of Assistant Wrestling Coach Sean MacClellan to the Altus Junior High.

Presentation of the District Audit Report for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2015 was presented. Found in the audit was an embezzlement theft. It was sad that restitution was paid in the amount of $2,300 by the individual, along with their letter of resignation. An audit analysis showed that could be another $10,000 more missing. The overall final audit reports the district in compliance, and all internal control working effectively.

The board approved the replacement of the gym floor at the Altus Junior High School. The replacement was due to water damage from the north side of the building. The contract was awarded to Beckett Brothers Wood Floors Systems, LLC in the amount of $85,870. The project is to be completed within 30 days of contract signing, and possibly complete by Spring Break.

The board then went into executive session, and returned with an approval on the Superintendent’s evaluation. There was no new business and the meeting adjourned.


By Mary O.Esparza,


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