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 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 22, 2024

Cherokee school board winds up year-end tasks

The Cherokee school board handled end-of-year business at its regular monthly meeting May 9. The board approved the consent agenda, consisting of April 8 meeting minutes; the general, building and chi...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 22, 2024

Freedom school board accepts Pierce resignation, hires Wilkerson

The Freedom Board of Education held its regular meeting Monday, May 20, where they accepted the resignation of Christan “Cheyanne” Pierce. Superintendent Freida Burgess read from Pierce’s resignation letter and, in response to questions from the b...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 15, 2024

Waynoka School Board hears about lots of year end activities

The Waynoka Board of Education held its regular meeting Monday, May 13, with all board members present. Also present were minutes clerk Lori Adair, Elementary Principal Patricia Burrow and Junior High/High School Principal Ronnie Nix, who reported...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 3, 2024

Zion Lutheran celebrates 125th anniversary

Zion Lutheran Church celebrates 125 years of organized worship this May. It all began way back in 1899, when a group of Alva-area Lutherans came together to establish Zion Lutheran Church. On May 21,... Full story

 

Two board members sworn in at Freedom school board meeting Monday

Two board members – one new, one returning – were sworn in at the Freedom Board of Education meeting this Monday. New board member Frank Biery (Seat 3) and returning member Robert Babcock (Seat 4) read their oaths aloud at the start of the reg...

 

Waynoka school board approves $3,000 incentive pay for support staff

At Monday’s Waynoka school board meeting, a $3,000 incentive payment to support staff was approved. The payment – half of which will be paid in August, and the other half in January – is to encourage staff to sign their 2024-25 school year contr...

 

Cherokee school board's Seat 4 to be filled via application process

At the Cherokee school board meeting Monday, April 8, the process by which the vacant seat, Seat 4, would be filled was discussed at some length. Superintendent Schanbacher had obtained direction from OSSBA. “We can appoint someone or we can hold a...

 

Cherokee school board's Seat 4 to be filled via application process

At the Cherokee school board meeting Monday, April 8, the process by which the vacant seat, Seat 4, would be filled was discussed at some length. Superintendent Schanbacher had obtained direction from OSSBA. “We can appoint someone or we can hold a...

 

Erin Metcalf extension director position approved

At their regular meeting Thursday, March 14, Alfalfa County commissioners Garret Johnson, Mike Roach and Nate Ross approved Erin Metcalf’s position as the Alfalfa County extension director. They went on to accept the State of Oklahoma Department o...

 

Speech pathologist, audit contracts approved by Freedom school board

Two contracts were approved at the regular meeting of the Freedom Board of Education, held Tuesday, March 12. Members present were Kyle Rhodes, Phillip Kirkpatrick, Robert Babcock, and BJ Baker. Others present were Superintendent Freida Burgess,...

 

Waynoka school board approves Missouri trip for FFA students

Seven members of Waynoka’s FFA club will travel to Anderson, Missouri, for a March 22-23 career development event (CDE), thanks to the school board’s approval at their Monday, March 11, regular meeting. The trip to the MacDonald County High School Da...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    March 6, 2024

Cherokee students win numerous awards, recognitions

Cherokee Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting this Monday, March 4. Board President Kory Littlefield and members Kurtis Goodwin and Shane Parker were present; members Amber Whilhite and Desiree Gibson were absent. Student...

 

Waynoka school board hears mostly good news about finances, re-hires principals

The Waynoka Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 12. All members were present: Caleb Zook, Travis George, Garret Gum, John Hanson and Clint Olson. Also present were Superintendent Scott Cline, minutes clerk Lori Adair,...

 

Freedom school board approves junior high baseball co-op with Burlington

The Freedom Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, to handle a number of issues, and chose not to have a regular meeting later this month. Members present were Kyle Rhodes, Phillip Kirkpatrick, Robert Babcock, BJ Baker and Shane...

 

Cherokee re-hires principals Patterson, Pruett

The Cherokee Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 6. The meeting began with the FFA officer team telling the board about a recent leadership trip. The board praised the FFA officers for their good work. Soon after, the...

 

Cherokee school board hears about new initiatives, finances

The Cherokee school board met Monday evening for its regular meeting, and the first agenda item was recognizing the board for School Board Appreciation Month. “We don’t have anything fancy planned for you,” Superintendent Bryce Shanbacher told the b...

 

Waynoka school board extends Superintendent Cline's contract

In a quick regular meeting, the Waynoka school board voted to extend Principal Cline’s contract by three years, with the addition of the stipend given to the teachers and a 1.5 percent raise. They also heard reports from the principals about students...

 

Waynoka school board awards bid packages on new activity center and classroom addition

The first item on the agenda when the Waynoka Board of Education met Dec. 11 was whether to award bid packages 1 through 23 for the school district’s new Activity Center and classroom addition, and to assign the packages to a general contractor. P... Full story

 

Cherokee school board hears about FCCLA's trip to national leadership conference

At the Monday, Dec. 4, regular meeting of the Cherokee Board of Education, the board members were given a treat: the meeting began with several FCCLA members reporting to the board on their experience at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference....

 

Freedom school board approves $800 stipend for full-time staff

In a regular meeting Monday that lasted a (potentially record-breaking) whole six minutes, the Freedom Board of Education approved a one-time stipend of $800 for full-time support and full-time certified staff and administration. Members present...

 

Waynoka School Board learns of less than ideal finances

The Waynoka school board held its regular monthly meeting Monday. Business to be handled was largely routine. All members were present, along with Superintendent Scott Cline, Elementary Principal Patricia Burrow, and JH/HS Principal Ronnie Nix....

 

$92,000 security grant to fund new intercom, crisis management systems at Cherokee schools

At the regular monthly meeting of the Cherokee school board Monday, Superintendent Schanbacher spoke briefly about plans to update the intercom and crisis management system throughout the district, which includes both buildings and the fieldhouse....

 

After 16 years of preparation, Pastor Charles Wells finds 'home' in Alva's Nazarene Church

Pastor Charles Wells had a dream 16 years ago of being senior pastor of a church. It was more than a dream; it was a calling. After a long and winding road, leading through every other kind of... Full story

 

Freedom School Board passes election resolution for two board seats in special meeting

In a special meeting held in a classroom rather than the library as is usual, the board's business was brief and to the point. The main business of the day was the school board member election resolution. The meeting got underway with board members...

 

Waynoka football, softball winding down; Halloween plans in the works

The Waynoka Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday morning. All Waynoka school board members – Caleb Zook, Travis George, Garret Gum, John Hanson and Clint Olson – were present. Also present were Superintendent Scott Cline, J.H...

 

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