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May 14, 2013

School board to discuss purchasing textbooks

DUNCAN —

Duncan Board of Education members may be putting the Textbook Budget to use, if they approve the purchase of new social studies and math textbooks for the 2013-14 school year.
The board will discuss the purchase of new textbooks during tonight’s regular meeting. In all, about $241,392.99 could be paid out of the Textbook Budget for textbooks in those two subjects.
Textbooks to be purchased include kindergarten through second grade and fourth through fifth grade from Pearson My World for $81,963.20, third grade from Gibbs Smith “Oklahoma Story” from $18,020.93, sixth through seventh grade from Glencoe-McGraw Hill for $42,795.20, kindergarten through second grade math consumables for $28,934.51, eighth grade from Pearson Prentice Hall for $22,391.60, high school from Oklahoma History Press for $12,025, high school from U.S. History-Pearson Prentice Hall for $19,967.95, and high school from World History-Pearson Prentice Hall for $15,294.60.
In April 2011, the school district purchased some math textbooks, after choosing to breakup the expenditure by purchasing books every two years instead of all at once on a six to eight-year cycle.
For that year’s expenditure, the school board approved spending $126,887.82 on the math textbooks and consumables. At that point, many of the books had been in use for seven years.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education allocates $55 per student to purchase textbooks.
The Duncan Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. today at Duncan Public Schools Central Office.
Other items:
  •  The board may approve the purchase of 30 laptops, storage carts and WIFI for the Duncan high School STEM Project. The computers, which will be from Dell Computers, are expected to cost $34,816.18 to be paid with DPS Foundation/General Fund.
  •  Board members may also approve the hiring of 10 teachers to teach Title I summer school at Woodrow Wilson. Those teachers include Cassie Berthold, Maria Martinez, Dede Lee, Christina Lang, Alisha Rowley, Kelli Bowman, Stacy O’Neal, Rianna Brown, Stacy Smith and Erica Mackey. Shinice Curry may also be hired as the teacher’s assistant for the Title I summer school.
  •  Duncan High School Assistant Principal Justin Smith could have his contract changed to principal at DHS. Principal Gary Reed is retiring this school year, a move that was approved during the April school board meeting.
  •  Some people who may be retiring or resigning include Mike Toone, Duncan Middle School Principal, Tom Brack, DMS assistant principal; and Glenda Cobb, assistant superintendent.

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