The Grove school board returned after almost a two-hour executive session on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and announced they will add a year to Superintendent Sandy Coaly’s employment contract.

“I have been blessed to be able to have the Board’s confidence - to give me the privilege to work for the Grove School District,” Coaly said after the meeting. “I love working for Grove Public Schools – they have the best staff.”

Coaly’s contract was extended to June 30, 2019.

Coaly said one of the events she looks forward to this year is the competition of the Performing Arts Center on the Grove High School campus. 

The new building is expected to open in May just in time for graduation, she said.

Surviving the Oklahoma budget crisis has made Coaly’s job complicated, but she said support from the community, as well as the district's faculty and staff, have made a bumpy road bearable. 

Earlier in the meeting, Coaly cautioned the board they might see budget cuts in March.

School board appreciation month 

Coaly opened the school board meeting acknowledging January as school board appreciation month.

Board members honored were Clara Mills, Dr. Audrey Crawford, Jerry Crossley, Terry Jones, and Dr. James Rutter.

“Providing our community’s children with a solid education is the most important investment we can make,” Coaly said. “We are proud of our district and the School Board Recognition Month is the time to say thank you and celebrate the board’s accomplishments.”

Grove School District operates on an annual budget of more than $16 million and has 2,489 students and 310 employees.

Coaly thanked the board members, pointing out that she knows they contribute hundreds of hours each year with just a small fraction of those hours are spent at school board meetings. 

Other business

In other business, the board approved hiring Martin Abram as full-time night custodian, Teresa Rockers as Library Clerk/Title VII Indian Ed Cultural Specialist/Tutor and Roger Glenn as bus driver.

The board also learned members of the Grove Rotary Club will host the annual grant day on Wednesday, Jan. 25. GPS officials anticipate receiving $30,000 in grants and some matching grants.

Also approved was the Indian Policy and Procedures and bylaws. Coaly said this was a yearly item and part of the requirements for the Impact Aid Program.