The Duncan Banner

August 13, 2013

Enrollment up this year at Red River Tech Center

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Enrollment and an emergency action plan dealing with intruders topped the discussion Monday for Red River Technology Center Board of Education members.

Superintendent Dennis Loafman told board members at the meeting that enrollment was up this year, based on figures gathered Monday afternoon. Full-time enrollment was up to 582, while last year on the same date, enrollment was at 575.

“It’s looking pretty good,” Loafman said.

Board members also reviewed items that would prepare the school for the upcoming year including an amendment to the Emergency Action Plan. An intruder procedure has now been added and a drill must be done in the first 15 days of school.

“We’re operating under a ‘Get out, hide out or fight it out,’ whichever option is best under the situation,” said Loafman. “When an intruder is spotted, the front office will be contacted, then our school security officer and the police and they can take action.”

The board approved several individuals to serve on various committees. On the Attendance Committee, Sherrie Burton, Josh Case, Don Deal, Sylvia Loveday, Chris Steele and Gary Williams were approved to serve for the 2013-14 school year.

Keeping track of students’ good health interests is the Safe School and Healthy Kids Committee. Kent Brown, Dayton Burnside, Zack Crank, Mark Dellinger, Diane Gray, Brook Holding, Bill Leyer, Sylvia Loveday, Donna Smith, Steve Tyler, Misty Wade, Lisa Williams and Theresa Ensley were approved to this committee. At a later date, one parent and one student may be added.

The Staff Development Committee will consist of Deena Dellinger, Diane Gray, Brook Holding, Sylvia Loveday, Jeff Martin, Monica McCarley, Kelly Pollock, Fonda Smith and Letitia Weast. Two students will be added once school has begun.

“We’ve got a good team here,” Loafman said.

Other agenda items included:

n Board members approved an online consortium with OdysseyWare, which provides for the online courses from RRTC to other schools.

n Operating the 2013-14 school year using hours in lieu of days for instructional days was approved by the board. Loafman said by using hours, it allows more flexibility.