Chickashanews.com

Local News

June 11, 2014

Chickasha School Board taking applications for Board Seat 5

— Of the many changes going on in Chickasha Public Schools, the Chickasha School Board addressed filling Board Seat #5–from which Ted Bingham recently resigned–at their regular meeting on Monday.

Superintendent David Cash said he wanted to "cast a wide net" in finding a candidate.

The procedure allows community members to submit a letter of interest to the board president, Julie Badgett-Sinn. The community member must meet the requirements to become a board member as set forth by the State of Oklahoma. The letter should address why they are interested in serving on the Chickasha School Board. The board will meet at a later date to review letters ad appoint the new school board member.

Cash gave a Oklahoma School Board Association legislative update, including House Bill 3399 which repeals the required implementation of Common Core State Standards and directs the State Board of Education to revisit the current English Language Arts and Math PASS standards to reflect college and career readiness.

New standards must be in place by August 1, 2016. State testing will begin 2017-2018, Cash said.

Cash said that at this time, "What this will look like, no one knows." The superintendent said that there will be more information in July.

The estimated carryover is about $600,000 according to Dwight Yokum, Chickasha Public School Financial Advisor. This figure is close to last year's carryover, Yokum said.

There will be a presentation for next year's budget at next month's meeting, Yokum said.

Jan Bowen of Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center spoke to the Chickasha Board of Education concerning overcrowding at the pre-k level.

Bowen said that overcrowding was harmful because of emergency situation hazards as well as monitoring the greater numbers of children with social behavior problems that require immediate attention.

Civic, social and coping skills are learned in the classroom at the pre-k level, Bowen said. Attending to each student will require a bigger ration of time due to classroom size, she said.

Bowen requested that the board consider putting a 20 student cap on pre-k classroom sizes and putting remaining students on a waiting list.

Chickasha Public School sites have often been the recipients of Great Expectation Model School status and this year was no exception. Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center, Grand Ave. Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Chickasha Middle School all me the Great Expectations Model School Status criteria for 2014.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • DSC_0320.JPG Measurements show Ninnekah man buried in wrong spot

    The deceased man whose final resting place is at the center of a disagreement over a large cedar tree in Ninnekah Cemetery was buried in the wrong place, according to multiple measurements based on a cemetery map.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • photo-58.jpg Spectacular survivor

    This Saturday, the community is invited to take a sledgehammer to breast cancer to benefit local resident and breast cancer survivor, Crystal Shafer.
    A "beat breast cancer" car, donated by Johnson's Wreckers, will be on site for the smashing pleasure of attendees, but there is more to this benefit concert/fundraiser that will make the evening a hit.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 70th Annual Watermelon Festival slices up juicy fun Aug. 9

    The 70th annual Rush Springs Watermelon Festival will slice up a full weekend of seed-spitting and entertainment Jeff Davis Park in Rush Springs.

    July 30, 2014

  • Meet the candidate: Silverstein challenges GOP powerhouse

    This year's mid-term elections in Oklahoma are exciting. Whether it's following a gubernatorial race with our local representative Joe Dorman, or watching the drama of runoffs unfold, Oklahoma has seen, and will see a political show worthy of the big screen. 

    July 29, 2014

  • Driver in critical condition after falling asleep at the wheel

    A driver fell asleep at the wheel on Saturday morning, resulting in crash, according to a report from Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    July 29, 2014

  • Temps to cool last week of July

    July 29, 2014

  • ODOT releases graphic of new bypass plan

    The Oklahoma Department of Transportation in conjunction with civil infrastructure company Leidos is in the right of way purchasing phase of a bypass that would run west of Chickasha. 

    July 28, 2014

  • Opinion: Local woman needs help with cemetery plot

    We have out first call to action of 2014. Last year - and frankly this year too - we covered the water issue with some depth. This week we focused our attention on a new task; a cemetery.

    July 26, 2014

  • WW2 veteran receives thanks from president

    From the large tapestries of the Obamas in his living room, one could say that World War II veteran, Burley Givens, has an appreciation for the president.

    July 26, 2014

  • Troublesome tree

    Situated on a quiet hill just to the southeast of town, Ninnekah Cemetery is a pristine, peaceful place.
    That's the exact reason Faye Barnett's husband, Lloyd, wanted to be buried there.

    July 26, 2014