The Duncan Banner

July 12, 2012

Moving dirt at CH signals progress for school

Toni Hopper
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Ground work began for the new Central High gymnasium in the first week of this month and Superintendent Bennie Newton said there has been a lot of action at the site this week. The dirt moving is the first physical phase of the project.

At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, it was a unanimous 5-0 vote by members to approve the renewal of the sublease of the new gym and other improvements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

“That’s what allowed the school to get all their money up front,” Newton said.

Voters passed a $5.995 million bond Feb. 14, which covers the construction of the new gym and installation of a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system (HVAC), in the combined junior high and high school building. The current gym lacks in seating and locker room space.

There were more than 20 items listed on the board’s agenda that needed action, including the approval of lease/purchase agreements for bus contracts.

Newton said everything passed unanimously and among those was a contract renewal for his job and a consideration for Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) renewal, which he emphasized Wednesday, is not like the bond. It does not affect anyone’s taxes, he said.

Newton’s contract was renewed for two years and he has been with the district for 13 years, and 11 of those as superintendent.

Three buses, low mileage, were delivered to CH and will be ready to use when the new school year begins. That agreement is with Midwest Bus Sales, Inc. and the district. Also, the board approved the agreement with Delta Community Action Foundation for the three year old program for the upcoming school year.

Also, the QSCB allows for lease purchase of electrical, plumbing and HVAC equipment.

Other items approved include:

- A lease/purchase agreement with First National Bank of Marlow for the ag pickup.

- 2011-12 General fund expenditures in the amount of $4,062.49; building fund in the amount of $5,874.91; bond fund in the amount of $162.26; a 2012-13 General fund in the amount of $50,356.75; a bond fund in the amount of $64,800.00; and a building fund request in the amount of $25,154.36.

- Policies and contracts which included “Health: Students Policy;” Online Instruction Policy;” “Student/Parent contract for distance learning classes;

- License agreement between the district and the Independent School District No. 1 of Tulsa County, for use of the teacher evaluation framework known as the Tulsa TLE Observation and Evaluation System.

- License agreement with Employee Evaluation Systems, Inc.,  for use of the web- application OKTLE for use with the teacher evaluation framework known as the Tulsa TLE Observation and Evaluation system.

- Surplus of the following vehicles: 2000 Chevy Mini bus, a 1999 International and a 2002 Freightliner.

- A lease/purchase agreement with Kincaid Leasing, Bonner Springs, Kan., for Bus #5.

- Ratifying the agreement between the Stephens County Treasurer Office and CH district to waive the pro-rata share of interest earned on tax collections months December, January, February, and March of school year 2012-13.

- Contract with Precision Testing Laboratories, Inc. for the 3-year AHERA Inspection.

- The continuance with Organization of Rural Oklahoma Schools (OROS) for the 2012-13 school year; and,

- Encumbrances for the building fund in the amounts of $2,983.43; $162.26; and 2012-13 General fund in the amount of $403,444.91; Bond fund in the amount of $270,000.00 and; building fund in the amount of $25,154.36.

Newton also said renovation of the boy’s field house is also in the works.

The board includes Jerry Howell, president; Kelly Johnson, vice president; Clint Russell, clerk; and members Larry Sallee and Bryan Bowles.