The Duncan Banner

April 9, 2013

School board to discuss summer, retirements

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

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.