New school year items on Monday’s agenda

The amount of days for the new school will be considered at the next regular meeting of the Altus Public School Board. The meeting is set for Monday, July 13, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Board conference room at the administrative c3enter, 219 N. Lee.

For the 2015-16 school year, it will be considered and voted on to have a school year which shall consist of not less than 1,080 hours of classroom instruction, to more than 30 of the 1,080 hours shall be used for professional meetings. In addition, parent-teacher conferences may be held during the school day and counted as classroom instruction for no more than six of those hours per semester, for a total of 12 of those hours per school year.

Other agenda items include a Grade Centers committee, sanctioning of parent organizations for 2015-16, out of state trips, use of facilities, extended day care with changes in monthly rates and late pickup charges.

An agreement with Head Start for disability services for 2015-16 and a revision to a travel expense reimbursement policy will be also addressed.

Employment items will include resignations, reassignments, proposed substitutes, time sheet employees, volunteers and extra duty assignments.

The proposed executive session to consider will be held to discuss proposed new hires, and after returning to regular session, will consider and take necessary action to approve or not approve new hires.

Designation of the superintendent and assistant superintendent as authorized agents for various programs and funds will be addressed.

A sick leave/personal business leave incentive plan will be addressed, as will vendors for bread, dairy, pizza, major grocery and the Child Nutrition Program for the 2015-16 School Year. Bids for a retrofit roof and new HVAC at Sunset Elementary School will be addressed. The Board will also consider a bid for a new Vocational Agricultural pickup truck and used vehicle for the technology department.

Other agenda items will include a contract for vision impaired and hearing impaired services with Stephanie Robertson for the 2015-16 school year; a contract for speech-language therapy with Kemph Pediatric Therapy Services P.L.L.C. for the 2015-16 school year; items as surplus and to be sold to the public; $500 extra duty pay for mentors assigned to student; and to count a full day of school and a six hour parent-teacher conference as two days instruction in a 24 hour period.

If there is no new business of an emergency nature, the meeting will adjourn.

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