The Duncan Banner

Local News

March 13, 2013

Velma-Alma School Board approves PTO

DUNCAN —  

Although some may have a negative view of Parent-Teacher Organizations, to be critical or file complaints is not the purpose of the PTO approved Monday evening by Velma-Alma School Board of Education.
Cassie Berthold, who has been a teacher and is a parent of children attending Velma-Alma, represented all parents interested in starting up the PTO for the elementary school with a short presentation stating the reasons for wanting the organization. Not only will it help the children, but the teachers and parents as well.
“It has been proven that children whose parents are involved in their education are more likely to succeed,” said Berthold. “Our PTO would not be a place where complaints will be brought to be fixed, that won’t be our purpose. Our purpose would be to promote more parental involvement.”
In addition to bringing parents into a more active role in their children’s education, hosting fundraisers to help teachers with the costs of materials, field trips and whatever else they may need will be a part of the PTO’s roles. With the constant budget tightening in school funds, this help is greatly needed, especially in a smaller school district such as Velma-Alma, said Berthold. Current enrollment at V-A is 438.
Board members voted in approval of the PTO and parents held their first meeting Tuesday night.
Reorganization of the board took place at the meeting and with the resignation of former member Jason Ille, who moved from the district, it leaves an opening on the board.
Velma-Alma school board members are on a rotating basis and the new positions are as follows: James Layn, president; Jimmy Nichols, vice president; Wade Williams, deputy clerk; and Bobby Southerland, member. The position for clerk is open.
“I have had three inquiries about becoming part of the board,” said Jerry Garrett, superintendent. “I told them it was my duty to pass those along to you (board members).”

Text Only
Local News
  • Council votes for cheaper, quicker water fix

    The Duncan City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to go with a $650,000 fix to its water infrastructure needs.
    The council approved a $43,000 contract with Crafton, Tull, Sparks and Associates to build a 1,000-foot long pipeline that will be capable of putting about 3 million gallons of water per day into Lake Humphreys.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23 DHS Band 0042.jpg DHS band wins fifth straight Sweepstakes

    The Duncan High School band received a rare distinction, winning Sweepstakes for the fifth consecutive year.
    Senior Cody Plumley is excited the band won Sweepstakes for its fifth year in a row, making the DHS Band one of the few school bands to do so.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Do the crime, you’ll face a bigger fine

    It just got considerably more expensive to be cruel to animals, ride a bike at night without a light, drive over a fire hose and noodle in a city lake.
    The Duncan City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to increase the amount of municipal fines and bonds associated with dozens of misdemeanor offenses.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sheriffs: State backing out on prisoner promises

    State efforts to save time and money by shuffling prisoners more swiftly through the system are riling local sheriffs who are losing money because of the efficiency program.
    A change in Department of Corrections practice is landing a “significant hit” on two-thirds of Oklahoma counties, which depend on reimbursements to house state inmates locally, said Ken McNair, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association.

    April 23, 2014

  • McKinney: DOC move will benefit Stephens County jail

    Oklahoma Department of Corrections efforts to move county inmates to DOC prisons has helped the Stephens County Jail dip below capacity.
    But Sheriff Wayne McKinney wonders why it took so long to happen when the county jail was overcrowded for several years.

    April 23, 2014

  • Officer urges volunteers to sign up for mentoring program

    A new in-school mentoring program trying to recruit volunteers got a boost on Tuesday night when Duncan Police Officer Julio Alvarez stepped onto a stage to tell a crowd of 50 spectators that a mentor helped him overcome the trauma of childhood victimization.
    “Go out and spread the word,” Alvarez said, urging people to sign up as mentors through a program that is being developed by The Well Outreach, Inc.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23 Assumption 0009.jpg Assumption Catholic to honor Pope John Paul II

    As Pope John Paul II moves toward being named a saint, Assumption Catholic Church will have its own celebration of the former head of the Catholic Church.
    Assumption will have a Divine Mercy Healing Mass at 6 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the canonization of John Paul II. John Paul II was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-22 Tyee Percival OBIT.jpg Tyee Leon Percival

    April 14, 2009-April 19, 2014

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • City Council to consider airport runway rehabilitation

    A rehabilitation project could be coming to the runway at the Duncan Municipal Airport.

    April 22, 2014

  • High rainfall recorded for Duncan, more expected this week

    Duncan’s rainfall total for 2014 nearly doubled between Sunday night and Monday morning, when the community received 2.06 inches of precipitation.

    April 22, 2014