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March 13, 2013

School board discusses future of CPS in first of three workshops

CHICKASHA — Chickasha Public Schools are planning for a bright future.

That was the focus of a special work session held Monday night, before the school board's monthly meeting. Over the next two months, the School Board will conduct two more work sessions that cover topics such as academic excellence, a variety of extra-curricular activities that cover all ages of students and renovations and repairs to current facilities.

Superintendent Jim Glaze shared the major goals of the district.

These included: ensuring opportunities for success for every student, provide a safe and supportive learning environment, promote and advance a comprehensive community-wide communication plan, engage in a district partnership for learning plans and the use of data for decision making.

“I want to make sure that these plans have measurable outcomes that are backed by data so that we can show their success” Glaze said.

 The next two work sessions will be held on March 25 and April 22.

During the regular School Board meeting, the Board decided March 29 would be the make-up snow day for the schools.

Bruce Storms, President of the School board said that missing Feb. 21 for snow caused the schools to lose a day of teaching before the April standardized test so it would make sense to make-up the snow day before April. The Board was looking at March 29 or May 3 as the make-up day. The Board approved the March 29 date.

In other action:

 The annual reorganization of the Board was approved. Bruce Storms will continue as President. Scott Williams will be First Vice President and Julie Hibbard will be Second Vice President.

Storms is currently in a runoff election with Ryan Copeland and should he lose that race, Glaze said Williams will be promoted to president and Hibbard will take the role of fire vice president.

A new second vice president will then be appointed from the board of trustees.

In other business:

• Support Employee of the Quarter was Grand Elementary School Secretary Patty Haynes.

•  New board member Julie Badget Sinn was sworn in to Board Seat 3.

•  Approval for E-Rate Priority Two Funding for Equipment. $766,000 will be used for Technology improvements such as telephone systems, wireless internet for all campuses and server upgrades

• Principal Beth Edwards of Chickasha High School was recognized for Chickasha High School being a recipient of the Governor’s ACE Award for the Senior Class of 2012. Chickasha was one of only three 5A schools in Oklahoma to receive the award.

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