The Duncan Banner

February 11, 2014

Duncan school board to consider football coach

Steve Olafson
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The Duncan school board tonight is scheduled to hire a new head football coach for Duncan High School.

A seven-member committee recommended the candidate to Superintendent Sherry Labyer, who said she will present the recommendation to the board for approval during its executive session.

Jim Holloway in December was reassigned from his head football coaching job after nine years and a 54-43 win-loss record.

The board meeting begins at 6 p.m.

In a potentially controversial matter, a resolution that will instruct Labyer to support participation in a rally at the state Capitol on March 31 will be discussed by the board.

The rally will promote making education funding a priority and restoring per-pupil funding to pre-recession levels, but some lawmakers object that school districts will close classrooms  so that teachers, staff and pupils can go to Oklahoma City to lobby lawmakers.

“It’s indefensible for government entities to use government resources to lobby government for more taxpayer money for more government,” Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, said in a news release. “It’s also extremely inappropriate for government entities to pressure their employees to take time away from their important duties to lobby for money for that entity.”

Oklahoma has cut more dollars from public education than any other state in the country since the economic recession, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

As many as 300 school districts in the state may participate in the rally, according to Sand Springs Superintendent Lloyd Snow, who told the Daily Oklahoman newspaper that school buses will be leased with private funds to take participants to the rally and that the lost school day will be made up.