Dr. Channa Byerly

Dr. Channa Byerly shows off a chart back in September of 2018 at a school board meeting. Byerly in the Aug. 2019 regular meeting was named the second Assistant Superintendent for Duncan Public Schools.

At the recent Duncan Public Schools Board of Education meeting, the board voted on a contract change and named Dr. Channa Byerly as Assistant Superintendent for the district.

Byerly, who recently won the District 15 Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year award, was very grateful for the new title and is happy to serve Duncan Public Schools.

Dr. Tom Deighan, Duncan Public Schools Superintendent said that Byerly has been doing the job but wanted to formally give her the title and the board agreed by approving the change with a 5-0 vote.

Deighan said that Byerly has done great for the district and the board echoed the sentiments and said that current assistant superintendent Merry Stone would still be the assistant as well to have two in the district.

Byerly has been at Duncan Public Schools the last five years, and in education for around 14 years and said she has loved working in education.

“It’s a privilege for me to be given the opportunity to work with incredible educational leaders who strive to make a difference in their communities,” Byerly said.

In the regular meeting, the board had their first run with their new tool called Assemble from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and ran through the meeting using the new agenda format.

Deighan had a few items he went over in his superintendent report with two action items brought to the board.

The board approved the memorandum of understanding between the district and the Duncan Public Schools Foundation for the project of creating a state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Building.

In the document provided to the board, Deighan said the original plans called for a specific type of flooring that does not ultimately meet Duncan Public Schools’ established flooring standards.

According to the memorandum, DPS and DPSF would agree that the district will provide the approved tile for installation by DPSF and the approved contractor.

The foundation will then pay for installation, glue and other materials while the district will pay for the tile and border.

Voting 5-0 to approve the memorandum, the board heard from Deighan about approving a purchase order for the tile and border which was approved with a 5-0 vote as well.

Deighan continued his report by bringing up DPS Teacher of the Year, Lisa Hefner, who is a finalist for the 2019 State Teacher of the Year Award.

Hefner showed her video with permission from the teacher of the year committee to the board and the board praised Hefner for making a difference in students lives.

After hearing Deighan’s report on the kick-off breakfast, the board approved several routine items including donating a right of way to the city of Duncan in front of Horace Mann Elementary.

This right away is from the upcoming Duncan Heritage Trails project and Deighan said it was his recommendation to pass it after getting the right forms to fill out for the state highway department.

The board voted 5-0 to approve it and continued to vote on the consent agenda and the action topics before heading into executive session.

Upon returning, they voted on Schedule A which included the change of title for Byerly and other employment for the district.

The next school regular school board meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 10, 2019 at the Duncan Public Schools Administration building.

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