Members of the Grove School Board approved a drug policy for students taking part in extracurricular activities during the second meeting of 2017.

The policy, approved on Tuesday, Feb. 14, based on the school’s lawyers recommendation, passed unanimously. It covers parking permits and all extracurricular activities, not just sports.

“We did not have for policy for athletes and the parking lot,” said Superintendent Sandy Coaly.

The punishment when a student violates the school’s additional drug policy calls for a two game or activity suspension, the second offense is for the student to miss 18 weeks, she said.

The student can turn themselves in and can appeal the suspension to the superintendent whereas a regular student’s appeal has to come before the board, Coaly said.

“This policy has some meat to it,” said Renae Dozier, high school principal. “The old policy was not real impactful.”

The board also approved allowing Youth Force to use the shower facilities at the middle and high school campuses on July 23 through the 28. Youth Force is a mission organization, connected with First United Methodist Church, Grove, that allows students to work together in teams to complete service projects throughout the region.

Last year students from throughout northeast Oklahoma took part in the week-long event, and completed projects in Bernice, Jay and Grove. 

Other Business 

The board voted to hire Debbie Deakins as a teacher assistant at the alternate education center site and Marguerite Hazelwood as a full time night custodian. Also approved was to transfer Jo Richards from a seven-hour cafeteria cook position to an eight-hour cafeteria position.

Also approved was revisions to two activity fund accounts - the high school parking lot and student council.

Upcoming election 

Coaly reminded board members that Grove voters will consider an $820,000 transportation bond on Tuesday, March 7.

The bond is earmarked to improve the district’s fleet of vehicles, including the purchase of five or six buses, three suburban vehicles, a car, a truck for the ag department, a smaller bus and potentially a second car or a van.

The bond stays under the 12 millage threshold, and would only raise taxes by 1.49 percent, or $1.49 per $100 on property taxes.

Honors

Joseph Wilhelm III presented a plaque to his father who is also Grove Band Director Joe Wilhelm II during the board meeting.

The younger Wilhelm retold the presentation speech he introduced his father to at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Hall of Fame ceremony which took place in January.

“I had one student who asked me if Mr. Wilhelm was my father,” said Joseph Wilhelm.

The younger Wilhelm said the Grove Band Director was indeed his father, to which the young student remarked, “It must be great to work with your dad everyday.”

When pressed a bit, the student said it was great because “his dad left home when he was five and he didn’t get to see him,” said said Joseph Wilhelm.

In another family moment, Grove Middle School Principal Pat Dodson announced his daughter, Taylor Dodson, a senior University of Kansas softball play was awarded Big 12 player-of-the-week.

“This is a first for Grove,” Dodson said.

Taylor opened her senior season with seven runs on seven hits in 14 at bats, good for a .500 average. She ranks fourth nationally in home runs per game (.80) and ninth in slugging percentage (1.357), according to Big12Sports.com website. 

Student Becca Lucky presented her Grove Rotary Four-Way Test speech, which she will take to district competition. The speech dealt with today’s youth taking care of society.