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January 15, 2014

Glaze announces retirement

CHICKASHA —

After 30 years of service on the Chickasha Board of Education, Superintendent Jim Glaze announced on Monday that he will resign June 30. He cited his recent battle with cancer as the reason for his resignation. 

"Because of recent health concerns I feel it necessary to retire so that I may devote time and energy to my recovery," Glaze said in his resignation letter. 

"I appreciate the confidence and support this board has given me during my tenure. I will cherish the memories that have been created during my employment in Chickasha."

Glaze also expressed his gratitude to the Chickasha community. 

"I will continue to be an advocate for Chickasha Schools. I love this community and have been privileged to serve as teacher, coach and administrator to such a progressive school district." 

Chickasha High School Principal, Beth Edwards, also turned in her resignation for June 13. Edwards had also been with Chickasha Public Schools for 30 years. 

Mark Crowder and Jeff Kinsey were recognized as the Support Employees of the Quarter. Kinsey and Crowder work together as partners for the maintenance department. Their duties include maintenance throughout the Chickasha school district. 

Dwight Yokum, Chickasha Public School Director of Finance, said the carryover is $362,000. In addition to problems with state funding, the school faces financial difficulties with covering insurance for teachers as well as covering utilities. 

Glaze noted that the financial state of Chickasha Public Schools is "at a critical point." Over the last three years, Glaze said, the district has seen the carryover make several half million drops. Along with this, the district is not anticipating any new monies, Glaze said. 

The problems with funding are not limited to Chickasha, Glaze said. Rather the problem is state-wide. 

"If we're going to make changes, we need to start discussing this spring," Glaze said. Cuts of about $400,000 to $500,000 need to be made for the 2014-2015 school year. The district is in danger of going into the school year with a zero balance or going in the red in the 2015-2016 school year unless significant changes are made, Glaze said. 

Terri Gallaway gave the Chickasha United Teachers Association Report. Some of the highlights included the BWECC counseling department donating coats, Mobile Smiles gave free dental care to needy students at BWECC, fourth graders at Grande Ave. Elementary learned how to do archery and play basketball and the kindergarteners went on a trip to the Omniplex funded by OERB.

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