Waynoka School Board hires staff, polishes school calendar

• First day of school: Friday, Aug. 16


August 7, 2019

Waynoka Public Schools is ramping up to getting the 2019-20 school year off the ground.

The new elementary school principal, Patricia Burrow, spoke first at the Monday evening meeting of the Waynoka Public School Board of Education. Burrow was hired at last month's school board meeting. She's been busy getting to know staff and where everything's located. She's also been dispensing school supplies to the appropriate elementary classes.

“One thing about enrollment” at the elementary school, she told the board: “parents were extremely grateful for the school purchasing the school supplies, and many sent their thanks, so I'm passing that along.”

The three days of enrollment have gone very smoothly, Burrows said. She said she's met about 90 students and their parents, and has gone over about 40 test scores. “I'm just excited!” she concluded. “It's going to be a fabulous year.”

Expanded Educational Opportunities

Dustin Smith, the high school principal, spoke about post-secondary school opportunities now available at the high school. “Almost all of our juniors and seniors are enrolled in some form (of post-secondary education), whether it be concurrent enrollment, AP, or Career Tech. Just a handful are not,” he said. “I'm really excited about that. The amount of students we have in concurrent is way up this year. Right now we have about eight students doing college courses this year.”

It's an especially satisfying development, since last year the school's lack of post-secondary educational opportunities received a low mark on the state report card.

The board approved the contract for the Secondary Career and Technology Education programs for the 2019-20 school year. They also approved dual enrollment credits in math and science from Northwest Technology Center (NWTC), and to accept dual enrollment credits from NWTC through Edgenuity and OSDE-approved online curriculum.

The board approved the 1080 school hours planned for 2019-20, and voted to amend the school calendar to make the first day of school Friday, Aug. 16.

Personnel Issues

The board accepted the resignations of Starla Collins and Courtney Bailey, and approved hiring Eric Scott as a certified teacher and Jessica Haines and Dana Cameron as support personnel. Brooke Meyer was approved to be an adjunct instructor for anatomy and physiology. The board agreed to contract with Monica Frans for special education services.

The board also approved the extra duty pay schedule and the support personnel salary schedules.

Mentor teachers were approved: Chad Blocker and Dustin Smith, Valerie Callison and Robin Cline, Hannah Guthrie and Steve Nutter, Rylee Terrel and Renea Gaskill, and Thur Tolson and Megan Smith.

School committees' member lists were also approved. On the Safe School Advisory Committee, the members are teachers Steve Nutter and Renea Gaskill, parents Danielle Budy and Robin Cline, students Brooke Ferguson and Kaden Ramos, administrator Dustin Smith, school board member Travis George, and law enforcement representative Misty Smiley.

The Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee will consist of teachers Ashley Murray and Jordan Taylor, Parents Debra Rankin and Alicia Pitts, students Casen Olson and Talyn Hagelberg, and administrator Pat Burrow.


Expenditures were up slightly for the month of July, mostly due to payroll, said Superintendent Scott Cline. Revenue was up as well.

The building fund revenue was also up, but mostly due to the school's selling a house.

“We're sitting pretty well financially,” Cline said.

Other Business

In other business, the board approved fundraiser requests, food procurement procedures and practices, a school resource officer agreement with the City of Waynoka, American Fidelity Assurance Company to serve as Waynoka Public School Section 125 Plan, and the consent agenda, consisting of fund reports, warrants for payment, and encumbrances. They also declared some old equipment as surplus, with the auction to be held Saturday, Aug. 10.


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