The Duncan Banner

Local News

April 9, 2013

School board to discuss summer, retirements

DUNCAN — When the school year draws to a close, summer may remain a busy time for Duncan Public Schools.

Depending on the action taken by the Duncan Board of Education tonight, the Summer Food Program and the Summer Academy could return for the summer months, both at Woodrow Wilson Elementary.

Both have become staples of summer in the Duncan School District.

For Duncan Public Schools, the Summer Food Program was established in 2010, and served more than 5,000 meals in its first summer.

Through this program, children 18 years old and under are able to eat a free meal between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting June 3 and going until Aug. 16. The program ensures children don’t go hungry during Summer Break.

The other item to be discussed by the school board is the Summer Academy.

This program will help students in the first through fourth grades, who are struggling with various reading and/or math. These two disciplines are chosen because they’re the subjects most impacted by state testing.

If approved, students would attended the summer classes between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This would begin June 3 and go through June 27. Lunch would be paid for with federal funds.

Last summer, 75 students participated in the Summer Academy. Several Duncan teachers were also hired to teach during the program.

The Duncan Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. today in the board room at Central Office.

In addition to planning for the summer, five DPS faculty members could be retiring, depending on the action taken by the school board. Among these potential retirees is Gary Reed, Duncan High School principal.

Reed has 37 years of service to Duncan Public Schools, and his retirement would be official July 10.

Others who could be approved for retirement include DHS teachers members Kimberley Parr-Roberts, Loretta Suttle and Ed Cox, and Central Office Activity Fund employee Judy Zamarripa.

Text Only
Local News
  • Psychologists disagree on Bench’s mental competency

    Two psychologists on Tuesday offered differing opinions  about the mental competency of Miles Sterling Bench to stand trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Braylee Henry.
    Bench, dressed in a dark blue suit, sat through a second day of court proceedings that will determine if the case against him goes to trial. The state is seeking the death penalty.

    April 16, 2014

  • Empire water removal proposal withdrawn

    A rural water district has canceled its application to withdraw up to 7.8 million gallons of additional water after Empire residents protested their private wells might run dry if that much groundwater was taken.
    A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board said Tuesday the application for groundwater rights was withdrawn by Fox Engineering Inc., an Ardmore firm that works as a consultant for Rural Water District No. 3.

    April 16, 2014

  • Man stabbed at water treatment plant

    A 50-year-old man who said was approached by three males was stabbed and cut several time at the Duncan Water Treatment Plant, police said Tuesday.
    The attack took place around 9 p.m. Monday on the south side of the treatment plant office where two men forced the victim against a wall and a third man attacked him, police said.

    April 16, 2014

  • Maundy Thursday services reflect on night before crucifixion

    Maundy Thursday, the night before the crucifixion that some Chrisitians refer to as “Holy Thursday,” will be recognized with special services in some Duncan churches.
    The day is celebrated in recognition of the Last Supper and a foot washing ceremony that took place before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

    April 16, 2014

  • jimmyseggstore.jpg Jimmy’s Egg set to open June 9

    A new Jimmy’s Egg restaurant will open in Duncan on June 9 and will begin interviewing job applicants later this month, the restaurant’s general manager said on Tuesday.
    The restaurant will seat about 150 and will employ 33 people, said Libby Shirra, the new general manager.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 Odesse Barnes Mug crop.jpg Fourth man accused of hiding Lane murder weapon

    The Stephens County District Attorney’s Office on Monday charged a fourth person in the Christopher Lane murder case.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Slaying of former Duncan doctor shocks friends

    The deaths of former Duncan physician Bill Corporon and his teenage grandson at the hand of a onetime Ku Klux Klan leader left the beloved doctor’s friends in Oklahoma heartbroken and shocked on Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • file 3-17 BENCH Miles Sterling.jpg Competency hearing begins in Bench case

     A hearing to determine if Miles Bench is mentally competent to stand trial for murder began Monday in Stephens County District Court.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Skeletal remains found in pond

    More skeletal remains that may be linked to the death of a woman in 2006 have been discovered in a pond northeast of Bray this weekend, authorities said Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Commissioners choose different bid in electric project

    A decision made a week ago was changed on Monday when Stephens County commissioners found liability coverage would not be provided.

    April 15, 2014


Who do you favor for the U.S. Senate seat that Tom Coburn is giving up?

State Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond
State Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City
Former State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso
     View Results
AP Video