Because the Duncan Board of Education approved using Project Lead the Way, training for a career could start as young as middle school for Duncan students.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the school board approved an agreement between Duncan Public Schools and Project Lead the Way Inc. to establish a comprehensive program and curricula for science, technology, engineer and mathematics (STEM) education.
“It’s the middle school version of what Red River Technology does with its pre-engineering and biomedical classes,” assistant Superintendent Glenda Cobb said.
The school district secured $12,000 from an outside source to pay for the materials needed to run the program. The $12,000 is a one-time expenditure, and the school will be able to reuse materials from year to year. The program will cost $2,000 annually to continue with the program.
Cobb said the STEM program will increase the rigor of the curriculum at the Duncan Middle School. She said DMS Principal Mike Toone and assistant Principal Carol Bowles were receptive to the program idea and are ready to establish the program at the middle school.
The school district learned about the program while district administrators were attending a state summit. While there, Superintendent Sherry Labyer and Cobb talked with administrators from the Tulsa area who had established the STEM curriculum in their classrooms.
Labyer said the discussion was enough to get the Duncan administrators excited about the program and led them to look into funding to add the program the Duncan Middle School.
In addition to becoming involved in the program, the school board also approved purchasing 30 Dell laptop computers and one charging cart to support the STEM curriculum.
The total cost of the laptops and the charging cart was $32,443.80 and was approved to be paid with Title I funds. Title I funds are federal funds.
In other action:
n Plato Elementary will be undergoing some work, as the school’s office is moved toward the front of the building, switching places with the library. The school board approved the renovation to the school, which will use site maintenance funds for the project.
Previously, the school board approved renovating the office areas for Emerson and Horace Mann. The idea is to make it easier for visitors to find the office and for contact to be made first thing.
n The school board approved a contract with First Baptist Church to allow EDGE Academy to use the west parking lot for school parking. This is a contract that is approved annually with no money changing hands.
“We appreciate the partnership with the church,” Labyer said.
n Security cameras will be purchased for the Duncan High School and Irving Pre-Kindergarten Center, both through Solutions Boxes Inc.
The high school cameras will be purchased and reimbursed through a Department of Homeland Security Grant for $21,500. The Irving cameras will be purchased using site maintenance funds for $12,054.05.
n Board member Chris Deal, Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, gave a presentation about the Heritage Trails project. Deal said several entities through the Duncan community are working toward establishing a walking trail in Duncan.
The length of the trail would be equivalent to a 5k race. By working together, the entities may have an easier time of obtaining grants for the project, Deal said.
“We’re a community that works together,” he said.
The walking trail would include rest areas and lighted areas. Deal said there are plans to later extend the walking trail to encompass more of Duncan and possibly tie the trail into the Crapemyrtle Trail.
“It would be a wonderful asset,” Deal said. “This is just the beginning.”
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Ray sentenced to life without parole
Stephens County District Judge Joe Enos on Wednesday sentenced 16-year-old Michael Anthony Ray to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a 14-year-old girl.
Ray, of Marlow, pleaded guilty Dec. 30, 2013, to the murder of Alyssa Dawn Wiles on June 10, 2013, in her home in Duncan.
McDonald talks about Fort Sill to Rotary Club
As the U.S. military continues to evolve, Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald said Wednesday he hopes Fort Sill will continue to improve.
McDonald, the guest speaker at the Duncan Rotary Club, gave an update on Fort Sill and compared the Rotary Club to the U.S. Armed Forces.
Arrest warrant issued for two assailants
An arrest warrant has been filed for Terrance Johnson and Dermond Jones Jr. after an attack in the Elm Terrace Apartments.
The alleged assailants took off with a suitcase containing the victim’s clothes, his wallet with $20 in it and a pair of boots worth $150. The victim was treated at Duncan Regional Hospital and was not able to note who his attackers were until Friday.
Awards handed out at Junior Livestock Show
The Stephens County Junior Livestock Show enters its fourth day today with the doe meat goat show at 10 a.m. followed by the wether meat goat show.
The steer show will be at 3 p.m. and the heifer show will be at 5 p.m.
Modern dance troupe to perform Saturday
A modern dance company based in Oklahoma City will perform in Duncan on Saturday.
Known as Perpetual Motion Dance, the troupe was formed in 2002 and has become known as the premier modern and aerial dance company in Oklahoma.
Waurika city manager fired
Waurika City Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday to begin a job search to replace City Manager Chuck Brown, whose contract with the city was terminated at a regular meeting Monday.
Brown was in a seventh year as city manager before his tenure ended following an executive session late in the regular meeting at City Hall. Mayor Jim Bernard, Vice Mayor Carole Eakin and commissioners Gayle Johnson and Bill Everett voted unanimously to confirm the termination.
Marlow Pre-K students to get full-day classes
Marlow school board members have approved all-day classes for Pre-K students in the coming school year.
The Marlow Board of Education approved the move by a 5-0 vote at the urging of Superintendent George E. Coffman, who said the district needs to begin preparing students for the future as early as possible.
ACE store recognized in nationwide tour
Duncan’s ACE Hardware store was included in a nationwide tour to recognize it for providing great customer satisfaction.
More than 140 ACE stores were selected for the tour after J.D. Power and Associates gave the company its highest-ranking in customer satisfaction for seven consecutive years.
Duncan Toy Shop hosts spud luncheon
To get to the root of children’s Christmas needs, the Duncan Toy Shop relied on community support and a load of potatoes.
The non-profit organization held its 18th annual spud luncheon Tuesday at First United Methodist Church. All 1,250 tickets to event were sold.
Lee speaks to library Friends, patrons
To achieve, often all that’s needed is intention.
Scout Cloud Lee, best known as a former contestant on the reality TV show “Survivor,” was the guest speaker during the Friends of the Duncan Public Library annual meeting. Lee talked about following through on intentions and setting life goals.
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