Tammy Richeson, second grade teacher at Sunset Elementary, is Altus School’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. She was presented the award last evening by the Director of Curriculum Nancy Evans. Evans read excerpts from essays they wrote as entry for the contest. “I love teaching ‘outside the box’ and seeing the excitement in my second graders eyes when they grasp that concept for the first time,” said Richeson. After much applause and cheers, the group of teachers organized themselves for a photograph. “We had an extremely good group this year,” said Drury. “I compliment and congratulate all of you.”
Teacher of the Year Finalists include: Bobby Wakeman- Rivers Elementary; Jammie Hamm- Roosevelt; Tammy Richeson- Sunset; Tracy King- Washington; Joyce Frederick- Will Rogers; Melisa Parsons- Altus Intermediate School; Natlyn Christian- Altus Junior High; and Randall Coffman- Altus HS.
Dr. Evans shared excerpts from essays written by each of the finalists.
Superintendent Bob Drury additionally recognized and welcomed Deputy Superintendent Roger Hill to the School Board. “He is already working hard and I’m glad to have you with us,” said Drury.
The Altus Public School District Board of Education met for a regular meeting Monday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m. in the Administration building on Lee Street of Altus.
The meeting was called to order and commenced with a roll call for the members of the Board. With recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the room stood and saluted our Nation’s flag.
There were no public comments presented by the audience.
The Board moved to present reports and comments by Drury. He introduced Elizabeth Marcha who represents NBC Bank, who presented a painting accepted by board member Rosalyn Hall on behalf of the School Board. NBC gives a painting annually.
Drury then commented about the water leaks that occurred at both Rivers Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary. Last week there was a water leak at Roosevelt, then a major water leak at Rivers. Last Tuesday, Jan 8, Rivers Elementary closed one hour early due to a water break.
“There was water everywhere,” Drury stated. Another major leak occurred at Roosevelt on Monday. “Which takes us to the next item on the agenda,” he continued.
Altus AFB was recognized for their participation and assistance with the water line break at Rivers, located on AAFB. “We thank you,” Drury said. “You really bailed us out.” Someone from the audience spoke up that Balfour Beatty, an on base housing community, was also very helpful in assisting with the water leaks.
A brief discussion about high school renovations was also brought up as per agenda, and the board approved to table this item until the following board meeting in February.
The Board moved to the next items to be discussed on the agenda to consider and take any action to approve disprove claims. No action was necessary. A motion for all items including last meetings minutes, monthly reports, and plans were approved without questions or comments from the Board.
No actions were needed for current policies. The Board ackknowledged retirements and resignations, and approved the reassignment of two members of district personnel, as well as considering proposed substitutes and time sheet employees.
There was no proposal for an executive session so the Board moved to the next item and considered bids for the renovation for the roof at Washington Elementary school. There was only one bid to approve or disapprove.
B.R.B. Roofing submitted a bid for $886,800. Approximately $125k more than a previous roof installed at Altus Junior high, B.R.B. explained, “there is no doubt about it,” that with improved design, electrical work, cost of labor, and price of steel and materials for framework, the cost has indeed increased.
Drury expressed that the Board could advertise for another bid but recommended they approve the bid presented by B.R.B. Roofing. Hall commented from the board, “They always do a great job,” and motioned to approve. The board agreed and approved.
The last item of importance was to consider and approve the plans for a new athletic center and advertise for bids. After seeing a floor plan, presented by Hill, and discussing the specific installations, the Board approved to advertise for bids. The Athletic center to be in the old auto mechanic building will have a studded walls, a weight room, two restrooms with showers, a whirlpool room, therapy room, and a room for an athletic trainer. The project is estimated to cost $500k. The Board hopes to have bids for the new Athletic Training facility to be presented by the March School Board Meeting.
There was no new business so the meeting was called to adjourn.