Altus Public Schools Superintendent Roger Hill provided an update on MAPS funds and reported on a request for a district audit on the City of Altus regarding use of MAPS funds, during District Board of Education regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 14. The Board also considered items on the consent agenda.
“I have requested our District Auditor, Linda Ahlschwede, (P.C. Certified Public Accountant) to review financial records and prior year audit reports dating back to 2008, which is the conception of the MAPS Funds, from the City of Altus to obtain an accurate account of those MAPS Funds,” Hill said. “For the integrity and protection of the authorized use of tax payer dollars it’s our responsibility to ensure to the public that Altus Public Schools receives fifty percent of the MAPS Funds that we are entitled to as voted and approved by the citizens of Altus. If the sales tax initiative runs through 2021, there should be additional funds for both City of Altus and Altus Public Schools due to over collections on a conservative estimates. So it’s worth watching.”
Superintendent Hill reported that Altus Schools has $564,798.46 remaining to be spent on construction projects at the high school campus.
Also during the meeting, the Board of Education approved claims and all the items on the consent agenda before approving the revision of several district policies. Policies were updated to comply with new legislation and include: Policy 200.062 - Safety Program/Healthy and Fit School Committee, Policy 300.095 - Use of School Property (Regulations), Policy 700.020 - Requirements for Graduation, Policy 700.060 - Program for Education of Gifted and Talented Students, Policy 700. 120 - Altus School District Open Transfer Policy, and Policy 700.610 - Parental Notice of Unsatisfactory Work/Retention of Students.
The Board approved the resignation of certified personnel Brandon Benson, English teacher at Altus High School, effective July 2.
The Board also approved new hires of certified personnel including Garan Qualls, P.E. Teacher at Altus Intermediate School and Altus High School Head Boys Basketball Coach; April Adler, Science teacher at AHS; Andy Bowers, Social Studies teacher at AHS; Cheryl Collier, 4th Grade teacher at Washington Elementary; Lucinda Taylor, English teacher at AHS; and Vocal Music teacher at AHS, all effective August 6. They also approved suport staff consisting of Elizabeth Carter, Activity Fund/Insurance Clerk for the Board of Education and Cindy McAdams, Teacher’s Aide at Washington.
The Board also approved to adopt new contract formats for certified employees, non-certified employees, certified administrator, and extra duty, both temporary and regular. The Board voted to update APS employee contract formats to comply with APS board policy and state law. This is to the benefit of both the employee and and the employer. The terms of the contracts will not change, the contract formatting was just updated.
The Board also approved Randall Coffman and Bruce Farquhar to attend the 2014 Annual Math Science Partnership Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29 - Oct 1. They also approved Kodie Riley to attend the CATCH Program Training in Grand Prairie, Texas, on Aug. 7.
The Board approved to adopt for the SY 2014-15 to consist of no less that 1080 hours of classroom instruction which was previously implemented to allow for not having to make up school days in the event of inclement weather.
The Board designated Superintendent Roger Hill as the Authorized agent for the P.L. 874 Program and Funds for 2014-15/ They also designated Hill as the Authorized agents for Federal and State Funds, designated the Assistant Superintendent as Authorized agent for USDA Donated Foods.
The Board approved the Sick Leave/Personal Business Leave Incentive Plan for the SY 2014-15 to offer a monetary reward to those faculty members who do not use up all of their absentee time.
Finally, the Board accepted all bids for the Child Nutrition Program for the 2014-15 School year.