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Gibson elected Cherokee School Board vice president


September 18, 2019

The first order of business at the Cherokee Board of Education meeting Sept. 10 was to elect Desiree Gibson as the board's new vice president. Gibson replaces T.J. Allison, who passed away earlier this year.

Present were board members Desiree Gibson and Kurtis Goodwin, along with clerk Amber Wilhite. Board member Shane Parker arrived late. President Kory Littlefield was absent.

The consent agenda – consisting of encumbrances, purchase orders, balances and warrants for the general, child nutrition, building, complex bond, and bond funds; along with fundraiser requests and out-of-state travel requests – were approved.

The travel requests were for the FFA and FCCLA. The FFA will be traveling to the national convention in Indianapolis and FCCLA will travel to the National Conference in Dallas.

Support Personnel Hired

After going into executive session to discuss the employment of support personnel, the board returned to open session and voted to employ Amanda Whitten and Christy Graham as support personnel. The board later also approved employee contracts for the school year.

School Plans to Adopt ACT in Place of CCRA Test

The board adopted a statement about replacing the state's CCRA test with the ACT. The statement said: “Cherokee Public Schools selected ACT as the CCRA assessment of grade 11 students during the OSTP testing window” and the school would like “to provide community stakeholders with an opportunity to provide meaningful input regarding our district's intent to request permission to administer the ACT in lieu of the statewide assessment.”

Other Business

The board also approved the following:

• employing Stephen L. Smith Corp. as the school's financial consultants for this school year;

• creating an additional activity account for the sixth grade;

• allowing the superintendent to pursue the purchase of real property;

• updated federal program policies for the 2019/2020 desk audit; and

• adopting the “Cherokee Goes Green Initiative.”


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