Recognitions made at School Board meeting

by Michael Bush -

A regular meeting of the Altus School Board was held Thursday evening at the Administrative Center. The meeting, which is usually held a Monday, was changed this month because this is the week school started. The meeting will go back to Mondays next month.

The meeting began by recognizing three different groups: the Altus FFA team for winning the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Association State Championship, volunteers at Will Rogers Elementary School, and Mary Runyan for being named the Oklahoma Band Director of the Year. (see photos inside today’s edition).

Altus School Superintendent Roger Hill said, “We like to recognize the successes in Altus Schools.”

Claims and the consent agenda were then presented and approved. The consent agenda included such items as various contracts, activity fundraisers, use of school facilities and out-of-state travel requests.

It was noted that a meeting of the Grade Center Committee was held this week, and a report was then given on the topic. Pros and cons of switching to grade centers were given, year-to-year book balances, student enrollment, and a formula sheet for state funding were also presented. Superintendent Hill said that no decisions were being made now, but with more cuts in state funding imminent, it was necessary to start looking at cost saving measures. (A full story on grade centers will be in the Sunday edition of the Altus Times.)

Polices approved included a revision in food procurement, which was made to be in compliance with the USDA, and two charter school policies that were revised due to new policies passed by the government. A new policy dealing with concussions and head injury awareness and management was also approved.

There were no reassignments, retirements or resignations to approve. Kaitlyn Gearhart and Cindy Rabalais were then approved as substitutes.

Jack Diltz was approved as a certified 6th grade teacher at Altus Intermediate School effective Aug. 11. Support staff approved were Erasmo Gonzales Custodian at Altus Junior High effective Aug. 14, Jaclyn Heath as a Special Education Aide at Roosevelt effective Aug. 13, and Bobby Wakeman as an 8 hour bus driver effective Aug. 5.

No executive session was held.

It was approved to continue with the District Employee of the Month recognition program for 2015-16. This program has employees within the district nominate other employees for the honor. Those named receive $100 from Stockman’s Bank, and has their photo published in the Altus Times. Superintendent Hill thanked the bank and newspaper for their participation.

The cost of admission to athletic events for Altus High School and Altus Junior High were decided. Cost will be $5 per person for high school events, and $5 for adults at junior high events or $3 for students wearing a Bulldogs shirt.

Stipends for 2015-16 Building Teachers of the Year and District Teacher of the Year were then approved. The Building Teachers of the Year will be $150, and the District Teacher of the Year stipend will be $500, contingent on that teacher applying for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Hill stated that this should help Altus and southwest Oklahoma be better represented at the state level.

Debra Boothe was then approved as an adjunct anatomy and physiology teacher at Southwest Technology Center through the health Science program. It was explained that by the Board approving her, this would allow student credits from the classes to be recognized.

Before adjourning, Infinite Campus was approved by the Board to be used for student management and information. Data will begin being transferred to Infinite Campus in January. The streamline process will allow parents real-time access to their children’s information and will also offer an app for easy access.

by Michael Bush

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