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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.

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