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The regularly scheduled Duncan School Board of Education meeting brought about updates on the Oklahoma Virtual Education Consortium as well as virtual instruction thus far for the district.

Dr. Tom Deighan first updated the board about forming a statewide consortium.

“In order to do that, the school district has to be a certified LEA (Local Educational Agency) to get it started,” Deighan said. “I’ve been meeting with other school districts around the state.”

With a simple resolution, this would initiate the process with the State Board of Education and the member districts.

“This is a consortium that would enable school districts to share resources,” Deighan said. “Over the last few years, we’ve known we can do things. Over the last eight months, we’ve been pushed into the digital pool, we realized we can do a lot more things.”

Deighan said one way schools districts can help each other is by sharing staff and resources under this model.

The teachers are not obligated to participate in the consortium.

“No district, no teacher, no school district,” Deighan said. “This just creates an opportunity of districts to shake hands.”

The board approved for DPS to serve as a local educational agency for the establishment of the Oklahoma Virtual Education Consortium through the approval of the consent agenda.

Next, the board approved policies for the disposal of surplus property for the school district.

“The school district’s property, such as tables, computers, anything owned by the school district,” Deighan said. “This will streamline the process to ensure if it’s good we share it, if it’s good we sell it, but if it’s not we’re going to go ahead and dispose of it quickly.”

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Administration Building at 1706 W. Spruce in Duncan.

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