The Altus School District Board of Education discussed the School Superintendent Roger Hill’s evaluation, and discussed his contract of employment in executive session during the regular meeting on Monday, in the Conference Room of the Administrative Center, as well as consider other items on the agenda.
When the Board returned from executive session, School Board President Dr. John Thomas provided a compliance statement and returned to open session.
“The evaluation was accepted by the Superintendent,” Dr. Thomas explained. “It was signed by all Board members. We discussed extensively the Superintendent’s contract. Mr. Hill indicates he is very happy here in Altus. He is willing to work under any arrangement that the Board wants to offer him. We felt like it was imperative that we put him on three year contract. He’s been working on a one year contract. We wanted to go on a three year contract to acknowledge our confidence in him to continue to lead the school system.” The Board then approved the Superintendent’s evaluation and approved the Superintendent’s contract for 3 years with his current salary. If legislative changes take place that call for salary changes for teachers and administrators, amending his contract will be permitted. Dr. Thomas added, “We’ve got a mutual admiration society here. Mr. Hill is very happy with the school system and the staff, his administrators, and the community of Altus, and we are more than pleased that he and Theresa are here and have become an integral part of our community… Roger we are pleased to have you and we are more than happy that you want to stay with us at least another year.”
At the start of the meeting, NBC Bank’s Elizabeth Marcha presented “NBC’s Oklahoma Artist Series 2003-2012” books to Superintendent Hill and members of the Altus Public School Board. “Mr Hill, on behalf of Ken Fergeson and NBC Bank, we would like to introduce our artists’ series book that we did this year instead of our numerous paintings that we’ve done in the past,” Marcha said. “We condensed them all into one book that tells stories about the artists and how they came up with the renditions of their paintings. We’d like to present this and one to all the Board members as well, so that you all can enjoy it this year.”
The Board then recognized the Altus Schools Teacher of the year finalists as Superintendent Hill presented each teacher with a certificate, and announced the 2014 Teacher of the Year, James LeGrand. “I just want to say, I speak for the board and extend our congratulations to everybody,”Dr.Thomas said, following the announcement.
Dr. Thomas informed that the Doc Tennessen Athletic Training Facility Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 25. at 10:30 a.m. He also explained that there will be no “make-up” day for the Dec. 2, 2013 missed school day from inclement weather. The hours per school year plan has enough time accrued to not have to make up that day.
The Board then approved claims and items on the consent agenda.
The Board approved the retirement of non-certified personnel Cathy Bevers - Cafeteria Manager at Altus Intermediate School, effective May 23, and approved the resignation of non-certified personnel Rowena Boyles - Teacher’s Aide at Rivers Elementary, RI, Dec. 20, 2013. They also approved a list of substitutes including Layne Boddy, Devon Bonewitz, James Dowell, Michelle Garrison, Amy Jones, Donna Pauley, Kaitlin Wait, and Tara Zadora and approved volunteer Greg Ornealas in the Wrestling department, and Extra Duty personnel, Nick Williams, AHS Head Golf Coach. The Board also approved a new hire of certified employee Christine Price - Kindergarten Teacher at Sunset Elementary, effective Jan. 6.
There was no new business, and the meeting adjourned.