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Luddington, Bixler sworn in as Town of Freedom trustees

The Town of Freedom Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at its regular meeting April 14: Kama Luddington and Matt Bixler. Also present were Shad Brackin, whose seat on the board is still being contested; Trustee Concha Herrera, who finished...

 

Cherokee School Board approves reduction in force

In a quiet special meeting Monday night – a public hearing on the school's reduction in force – the Cherokee school board voted to approve the measure, which reduced the school's staff by four: a librarian, a band instructor, an elementary...

 

Freedom school board hears financial audit; accepts resignations

Few problems were noted in a financial audit of Freedom Schools presented by Pat Carroll of Chas W. Carroll, P.A., to the school's board of education Monday evening. The auditor noted some errors in the activity fund, said Superintendent Bryant Weber...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 7, 2021

Cherokee School Board accepts several resignations

The Cherokee Board of Education sadly accepted several resignations at its board meeting Monday, many of them from long-time teachers or staff. Resignation letters were received from Kassie Hair, Shelly Burleson, Malari Cline, Cathy Parks, Patty...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 7, 2021

Freedom school board hears financial audit; accepts resignations

Few problems were noted in a financial audit of Freedom Schools presented by Pat Carroll of Chas W. Carroll, P.A., to the school's board of education Monday evening. The auditor noted some errors in the activity fund, said Superintendent Bryant Weber...

 

Cherokee School Board hears sobering financial news; sets date for staff reductions hearing

The Cherokee School Board held a special meeting Thursday, March 25, to set the date and time for a public hearing about the six positions Superintendent Bryce Schanbacher and his team have identified as those that will have to be eliminated. Before...

 

Freedom candidate profile: Concha Herrera

Concha Herrera's expansive understanding of the culture and economic situation throughout northwest Oklahoma, she believes, makes her an asset to the town on the board of trustees. Herrera grew up in Freedom and attended school there (she spoke of... Full story

 

Freedom candidate profile: Michelle Shelite

A native to northwest Oklahoma, Michelle Shelite – Freedom's school principal and town resident for the past three-and-a-half years – grew up in Alva, graduating from Alva schools in 1979. She... Full story

 

Spring sports get underway at Waynoka schools

Spring Sports Gear Up; FFA Hot and Heavy Teachers' and students' hard-won skills at virtual learning paid off when the severe winter weather hit the area last month. “Despite the crazy weather, school continued without interruption due to virtual...

 

Freedom candidate profile: Cindy Reed

As Freedom gears up for its municipal elections April 6, the Freedom Call begins a series of candidate profiles, one each week, to help ensure Freedom residents have the information they need to make... Full story

 

Freedom school board approves itinerary for senior trip to D.C.

The Freedom Board of Education approved the senior trip itinerary and handled some routine business at its special meeting Monday evening. The senior class trip – taking place from Sunday, May 16, to Saturday, May 22 – will take students to...

 

Cherokee School Board lifts mask mandate

Smiles and relieved sighs spread through the room as the Cherokee School Board voted to lift the mask mandate for both staff and students. Masks are now a personal choice, as recommended by Superintendent Bryce Schanbacher. “In Cherokee since our...

 

Freedom Town Board reassures gas customers that rates haven't, won't change unexpectedly

At its regular monthly meeting Feb. 10, the Freedom Town Board, with members Mayor Shad Brackin and trustees Rolando Galindo and Concha Herrera present – made a point to express their grief and empathy in response to the tragic house fire in Waynok... Full story

 

Freedom School Board re-hires Michelle Shelite as principal, counselor

The Freedom school board met Monday night. All members were present – Shan Wilson, Robert Babcock, Russell Reed, Shane Morris and Phillip Kirkpatrick – along with Superintendent Bryant Weber, Principal Michelle Shelite, and Minutes Clerk...

 

Cherokee to host Class A State Track Finals

Cherokee Schools will host this year's Class A state track finals, Principal Jeremy Hickman told the Cherokee school board at its regular meeting Monday evening. “We will host three track meets here in the regular season,” said. “We have also...

 

Waynoka schools immersed in basketball season

Basketball is the primary activity at Waynoka High School this time of year, Principal Dustin Smith told the Waynoka school board at its Monday, Jan. 11, meeting, according to tentative meeting minutes provided by the board's minute clerk, Lori...

 

Freedom town board looks forward to sidewalk, gas line improvements

In an efficient and good-humored meeting last Wednesday, the Freedom Town Board handled several routine items of business. All members were present – Mayor Shad Brackin and trustees Rolando Galindo and Concha Herrera – as were Town Clerk Cindy... Full story

 

Freedom school board approves staff attending Nashville education conference

The Freedom Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting – a brief one, only 7 minutes long – Monday evening. Present were Board President Shane Morris and members Phillip Kirkpatrick, Robert Babcock and Russell Reed. Also attending were...

 

Katie Hill's fervent Christianity seems well-suited to strong winds and wide-open spaces

When Rev. Katie Hill gets really passionate about what she's saying, her eyes tear up. It can happen several times in a single heartfelt conversation. It's just a fact of life, like the fact that she...

 

Waynoka Schools' expenditures recovering from Covid hit

Christmas break at Waynoka Schools began Dec. 19; students will return to class Monday, Jan. 4, according to a report in the Woods County Enterprise. Superintendent Scott Cline reported on the school's finances. Expenditures have normalized again...

 

Cherokee School Board: High school goes virtual; super warns of possible staff cuts

The Cherokee Board of Education met Monday, Dec. 14, to hear troubling news. Due to an outbreak of Covid-19 among high school staff, the entire building will be on distance-learning through the rest of the week. As if that weren't enough,... Full story

 

Freedom town board awards gas line project to Bearclaw Services

The Town of Freedom has awarded the south portion of its gas line project, to be funded by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), to Bearclaw Services of Woodward, whose bid was by far the lowest. All trustees were present at the meeting: Mayor...

 

Masks again debated by Cherokee school board

Masks were once again a heated topic of discussion at the Cherokee School Board meeting Monday evening, with board member Kurtis Goodwin and Interim Superintendent Bryce Shanbacher exchanging strong views on the school's mask mandate. The board...

 

Anderson moves closer to MD Anderson

Cherokee School Superintendent Donna Anderson may know better than most what a difficult year 2020 was. At the first of the year, her cancer – which she'd been fighting for a decade – returned. And it came back in a place that was difficult to...

 

Freedom school board: Veterans Day program Wednesday, basketball schedule changes

The Veteran’s Day meal and program will be this Wednesday, Superintendent Bryant Weber told the Freedom Public Schools Board of Education Monday evening. The meal – chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes and green beans – will be from 11 a.m....

 

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