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Waynoka hires new elementary principal


Kathleen Lourde

Patricia Burrows will be Waynoka Elementary School's new principal next school year.

At the school board meeting last Thursday, June 27, the Waynoka school board hired Patricia Burrow to be the school district's new elementary principal.

Burrow is originally from Mooreland and has lived there most of her life. She attended school in Alva, but graduated from Mooreland. She did her student teaching in Woodward, then was hired full-time at Mooreland "and I've been there ever since," she said. Burrow taught second grade for 15 years, then fifth- and sixth-grade science for seven years. She's nationally board certified and has her master's degree in educational leadership. This will be her first time as a principal.

In other personnel-related matters, the board approved employing Starla Collins as a certified special education teacher for July 2019, and employing Riley Terrel as a certified teacher for the 2019-20 school year.

Principal and Superintendent Reports

Waynoka High School Principal Dustin Smith reported that the basketball teams have gone to basketball camps, and that a livestock judging contest was held earlier in the week. Also, because the high school will be doing advanced placement (AP) courses next year, three teachers will be attending AP Summer Institute this summer to prepare for that.

Superintendent Scott Cline told the board that "financially we are sitting pretty healthy." The district's revenue is up $224,000 this year. "The big reason why is because Targa had that five-year exemption," said Cline, "so we get all that money now they're paying their taxes." About $53,000 is currently held up in tax protests by various companies.

"Comparing last year to this year, we're looking at about $275,000 more spent this year than last year," said Cline, "but our payroll was up almost $290,000," due to legislated teacher pay raises. "End of the year, I'm estimating our carryover's going to be about $6.7 million," he said. "That's up from last year, when we started the year with $5.3 million."

The new construction is progressing smoothly except for one hiccup, Cline said: one of the larger air conditioning units will not be delivered until mid-August, based on the supplier's current estimates. "It'll probably be September before we can get that set up," Cline said. "All the other A/C units should be in place."

Other School Board Business

The school board carried out a good deal of general housekeeping business, including approving the consent agenda, which included the activity fund report, general fund encumbrances, change orders, and the minutes of the previous meeting.

Purchasing agents, authorized representatives, and fund custodians were designated; next year's activity accounts were set up; the student/parent handbook for next year was adopted; memberships with OROS and OSAC (Oklahoma School Advisory Council) were approved; a subscription agreement with Oklahoma Schools Risk Management Trust was approved for building and fleet insurance for next year; and the board adopted an investment resolution with the Woods County Treasurer concerning surplus funds for the 2019-2020 school year.

The board approved contracts for physical and occupational therapy services with Northwest Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab for next school year.

Cheerleader and yearbook fundraiser requests were approved.

The board also approved increasing the price of school meals by 10 cents. The district continues to run a loss in the child nutrition fund, but that loss was smaller last year than in previous years. By increasing the meal price slightly, they hope to further shrink that loss.


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