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May 13, 2014

Mentoring and after-school program on school board agenda

DUNCAN — Ideas for an after-school program and an in-school mentoring program will be presented to the Duncan Board of Education during tonight’s meeting.

Carol Wanzor and Bonnie Talley will make a presentation on both programs.

Wanzor is the director of The Well Outreach, and Bonnie Talley is the director and founder of the Gabriel’s House organization. Gabriel’s House is an after-school program at Woodrow Wilson, Mark Twain and Emerson elementary schools.

In October, members of the Duncan community came together as The Well Outreach to provide something for students to do outside the classroom. The idea was to create a hangout for students, whose participation would be based on their behavior in school.

 The Well Outreach began  working in April to recruit volunteers to mentor students in school. The program will take a commitment from about 50 volunteers to mentor at-risk students about an hour a week.

Those volunteers would work with the Gabriel’s House schools because those have the highest percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced meals.

The Duncan Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. today at Duncan Public Schools Central Office.

Other items:

The school board will discuss summer school at  Duncan High School and at elementary sites.

If approved, Duncan High School will have one session of summer school so students can recover credits in math, science in English. The session would be from June 2  through June 26.

A Reading Sufficiency Act summer academy has already been approved.

Tonight, the school board will make hiring decisions on teachers who will work during the summer session. Those teachers include Angelia Smith, Maria Martinez, Teresa Blalock, Stacey O’Neal, Erica Mackey, Lisa Anderson, Keri Gates and Dilynn Hare.

The school board may also hire teachers for the Title I summer school. Those teachers would include Jana Bowers, Michael Allen, Christy Jarboe, Ginger Thornton, Shantika Scott and Shandi Williams.

Additionally, the school board may hire two teachers to teach drivers’ education during the summer. Those teachers include Lincoln Dale Harris and Butch Evans.

The school board may approve the Duncan High School tennis team’s attendance at a tennis camp June 8 through June 12 in Waco, Texas.

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