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Freedom school enrollment increasing


February 14, 2018

The Freedom Schools had 60 students at the start of school in August. By Christmas break, that number had grown to 70 students. Principal Michelle Shelite told the board Monday night that 11 more students had moved into the district since the Christmas break, bringing the total to 84.

In her report, Shelite said traditional Valentine's Day parties will be held in the elementary classrooms, with cards and sweets. The basketball is winding down with the boys' team heading to district play in Leedy this week. The livestock show is happening in Alva this week and then the next show follows in Woodward a week later.

Superintendent James Miller briefed the board about legislative news. He said that any bill left over from the last session could be brought up again this session. He passed out a summary of the Step Up Oklahoma plan, which was put together by a group of state leaders. None of it has to be adopted by the legislature. Some of the key points were to reduce the passage level to 60 percent for revenue-producing laws. The current 75 percent is almost impossible to meet. The top item on the list was a plan to increase teacher pay by $5,000.

Another suggestion was to run the governor and lieutenant governor on the same ticket in order to increase cooperation. Yet another was to increase term limits from 12 to 16 years. Also, instead of the state school superintendent being elected separately, that position would be appointed by the governor.

Those are not all of the suggestions but include many politically sensitive ideas.

Regarding finances, the superintendent reported the district has collected 79.4 percent of the revenue projected for the year by the budget maker. At this point, Freedom has collected $309,872 this year compared to $263,528 at this same time last year. The Child Nutrition Program has received $21,786; the building fund has received $308,338.22; the sinking fund has received $2,060.

Looking at some of the revenue sources, the State Department of Education has provided $80,882.68. REA tax has brought in $97,142.89, gross production tax $92,518.20 and motor vehicle collection $16,442.33. Total investments in banks is $1,250,809.

Several equipment items were declared surplus: 12 computer keyboards, two HP laptops, some pieces of computer furniture, three Ecel 2000 heater radiators, and more small computer parts.

The board voted to contract with the MAS Software for the district bookkeeping software at a cost of $3,300 and student information software of $2,400. They also renewed the OKTLE teacher evaluation software at a cost of $346.50.

Sandra Wimmer, Class of 1968, sent a letter requesting information use of the cafeteria and gym for the all-school reunion to be held on March 3. The board had quite a bit of discussion regarding possible damage to the gym floor, which will be covered with a tarp. The vote was three “Yes,” one “No,” and one abstention. (Morris, Wilson and Simmons – Yes, Babcock – abstention, and Reed – No.)

The board then entered executive session to discuss the following support employees. Brenda Daughhetee (custodian, bus driver), Dalene Dauphin (bus driver/aide), Patricia Dauphin (encumbrance clerk, secretary, CN and board minutes clerk), Brian Davey (maintenance/bus driver), Robyn Landis (head cook and child nutrition), Tamara Link (activity fund custodian, student information and secretary), and Patricia Omey (cook/bus driver).

After the executive session, the board voted to rehire all.


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