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November 13, 2012

Duncan school board votes to reject funding cut

DUNCAN — The Duncan Board of Education took a stand against cutting of federal funds.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the board adopted a resolution to avert sequestration by the federal government. Duncan Superintendent Sherry Labyer said school districts around the state have been asked to pass the resolution.

“This says, ‘Please don’t cut our funding across the board by eight to 10 percent,’” Labyer said.

She said the resolution takes a stand against the federal government withholding funding. She said the state stands to lose as much as $38 million.

While Labyer acknowledged that Duncan Public Schools will feel the impact of federal funding cuts, she wasn’t sure what kind of impact that will have on a local level.

She said the resolution will let the federal government know where the school district stands on the issue. The board members supported the resolution, approving it unanimously.

Labyer said the resolution will be submitted to the Oklahoma State School Boards Assocation (OSSBA).

“We as a board are showing that we are united in saying ‘Please find an alternative,’” Labyer said.

In other action:

• The school board approved hiring PBK Architect to resurface the running track at Halliburton Stadium. The cost of the project will be $7,750.

Labyer said the school district initially tried to write spects for the project, but didn’t feel comfortable in doing so.

“We didn’t feel like we had enough expertise to write the spects,” Labyer said. “We decided to bring them on board.”

She said the goal is to have the project completed quickly to have it ready for the spring track season.

“We’re going to push hard to get that going so they can enjoy the track starting April 1,” Labyer said.

• Duncan Public Schools was entered into an agreement with the Wisconsin Center for Education Products & Services to allow for data analysis to be run on the school district.

Terry Grissom with the Regents Office said all school districts will be going through data analysis processes by the year 2015. With Duncan Public Schools undergoing the process now, the district will be ahead of the curve.

“Jump on,” Grissom said. “Be leaders of the state.”

Labyer agreed.

“As Terry said, it puts us ahead of the game,” Labyer said.

• The board accepted the resignations of Jackie Sleeker, Mark Twain cafeteria server; Tami Weeks, bus driver; Jennifer White, Woodrow Wilson teacher assistant; Amy Ramsey, Irving Pre-Kindergarten teacher assistant; Barbara Eastham, Duncan High School teacher.

• The board also hired people for nine positions, incluing two new positions.

The new positions included districtwide special education paraprofession, which was filled by Maci Morrow; and a Plato/Irving special education paraprofessional, which was filled by Megan Law.

The board also hired Jessica Shirley as a crossing guard at Horace Mann Elementary. Labyer said there has been an increase in enrollment at the school, which has increased traffic at the school.

Other people hired included Laura Wade as Emerson teacher assistant, Missy Troutman as DHS cafeteria server/helper, Jana Bowen as Duncan Middle School cafeteria truck driver/helper, Shinice Curry as Woodrow Wilson/EDGE teacher assistant, Carol Bartell, DHS cafeteria server/helper and Jermaine West as standby bus driver.

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