The Board of Education of the Altus Public Schools met Thursday, August 16 at 5 p.m. with Darrell Moss absent.
Summer school volunteers were recognized.
In the Superintendent’s reports and comments, the latest statistics for the drug testing and sports physicals were given by Mr. Drury. He said 300 physicals had been done and 318 drug tests. There were two positive drug tests out of that group. The District expects that at least another 300 students will be drug tested soon.
Student enrollment numbers for this year so far are 3,813. The figures last year at this time were 3,812. Numbers are still subject to change at this point.
The board members approved the claims.
The Consent Agenda was also approved. It included the following items: A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes, Special Board Meeting Minutes B. Monthly Reports Regarding Status of: a. Treasury, b. Budget Expenditures, c. Activity Funds, d. Cafeteria Funds, C. Vernon Dr. Pepper Bottling, Inc., Contract for 2012-13, D. Windy Trails Golf Course and The Greens at Altus, City of Altus Municipal Golf Course Contracts for 2012-13 E. KWHW Radio Contract for 2012-13, F. Activity Fund Raisers for 2012-13, G. Extended Day Care at Rivers, Roosevelt, Sunset, Washington, Will Rogers and Altus Intermediate School, H. Rental of School Facilities, I. Crisis Team for 2012-13.
The board postponed considering new or changed policies until the next monthly meeting.
There were no retirements to approve. Resignations and terminations were approved for Certified: Mario Contreas and Lisa Teague; Terminations Non-Certified: Jermaine Kendricks.
Reassignments were approved to include a change in salary for Certified were: Diane Chowning from 11-Month Sp Ed Director to 12-Month Sp Ed Director; Non-Certified: Tanya Jones from Library Aide at Rivers to Secretary at the Board of Education.
Lengthy lists of proposed Substitutes and Time Sheet Employees were approved, in addition to Volunteer Nolan Cox for AJH Football & Basketball and for Extra Duty Assignments, Jeep Johnson for Head Coach Boys Track,
There was no need for an executive session.
Employment was approved for the following on a Temporary Contract: Certified Personnel- Don Campbell, Science at Bulldog Academy and Jessica Robinson, English at AHS. Non-Certified Personnel- Don Goforth 4-hour Bus Driver, Arlene Pitts 7 hr Cook at AIS, Sheryl Roberts 7-hour Cook at AIS and Mike Tullos 4-hour Bus Driver.
The board voted to approve the continuation of the Energy Education Conservation Policy. This program has saved the district $380,000 since its adoption. The program, directed by Robert Garrison, must be considered by the board annually.
The board approved the installation of six masonry screen walls, including steel gates and painting at AHS. This is to hide and protect the air conditioning units in the remodeling.
The board weighed Mr. Drury’s news that the fees for the district drug dog were being doubled, from $200 to $400 per month. The K-9 Handling Fee for the 2012-13 School Year would total $4,800 per year. This dog is new to the district and has just been training with its handler for service beginning this week. The board approved evaluating the effectiveness of the drug dog after the first semester. Finances were a consideration and whether or not the dog’s service would rather duplicate some of the deterrence to drug use, since the district just started its drug testing. Not all students are covered by the testing and the dog is used at events where others may possess drugs, board members said. Mr. Drury said records will be kept to inform the board of the dog’s service to the district and the matter will be placed on the December agenda.
The board approved Col. Griner as the New Ex-Officio Board Member representing Altus Air Force Base.
There was no new business and the board meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.