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November 13, 2012

Red River Tech names Loafman superintendent

DUNCAN — Red River Technology’s Board of Education voted Monday night to employ Dennis Loafman as superintendent beginning Jan. 1, 2013, during their regular meeting.

Loafman, who was principal for several years before becoming assistant superintendent this summer, will be moving in to fill the slot being emptied by Ken Layn, who has been superintendent since 2008 and is choosing to retire in December.

“We have great confidence in you and want you to keep us straight,” board president Rodney Love said to Loafman. “We don’t want you to tell us the things we want to hear but the things we need to hear and provide good leadership.”

Love’s five-year term on the board is up and resolution calling for an election on Feb. 12, 2013 for that position to represent Zone 3 was approved. Love has spent 10 years on the board and the last four as president.

“It is my intent to run again,” he said. “There is a lot going on (at RRTC). We’re getting a new superintendent and have building plans, so I want to see those followed through and make sure the superintendent has an established base so he is comfortable.”

Zone 3 for the RRTC school district is southwest of Duncan to the Empire area and then over toward Comanche. To run for this position, the applicant must reside in this zone. School board members are responsible for listening to the advice of the superintendent and make decisions pertinent to the school, its staff and students.

Board members also approved the resignation of LaNell Taylor, LPN director, to be effective Jan. 11, 2013. While the school has made provisions should this position not be filled at that time, they are actively seeking someone to fill it.

“We’ve advertised twice now and we are looking for applicants,” said Layn.

Other agenda items included:

n Several quotes for the carpentry house project were approved and include Bishop Electric with $5,137.82 for electrical work, Martinez Drywall with $2,281.25 for texture work, Spivey Insulation with $2,880 for insulation work, Gary Gordon with $4,150 for painting and staining, and Dismuke Plumbing with $4,750 for plumbing.

n Board members approved an addendum for credit for honorably discharged United States Military personnel, which helps veterans get into jobs once they are done with active service. It will go into effect August 2013.

“Veterans will get credit for their experience in the military,” Layn said. “It’s going to take a bit of time because all credit must be equal at all technology schools.”

n Board meeting dates for the calendar year 2013 were approved. They will continue to be the second Monday of each month.

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