All of the current Grove School District’s principals were rehired during last week's school board meeting.
The school board meeting was held Thursday, March 9, rather than Tuesday, March 14, - the regular meeting night - due to this week's spring break.
Principals rehired were Early Childhood Center Principal Julie Bloss; Lower Elementary Principal Kelly Trumbull; Lower Elementary School Assistant Principal Donna Clark; Upper Elementary Principal Shelly Barnes; Upper Elementary Assistant Principal Jeff Gibe; Middle School Principal Pat Dodson; High School Principal Renae Dozier and High School Assistant Principal Bobby Kreutz.
Others rehired by the board included Rebecca Mease, Special Services Director; Richard Bassett, Athletic Director and Cindy Weaver, Federal Program Director.
The board also voted to hire Blake Gibbs as full-time night custodian.
During the reorganization vote, board members voted to not make any changes keeping Clara Mills as chairman, Dr. James Rutter as vice-chairman, Terry Jones as clerk and Dr. Audrey Crawford and Jerry Crossley as board members. Crossley and Jones were not in attendance during Thursday’s meeting.
“We have a great school board,” said Superintendent Sandy Coaly.
Dozier addressed the board about Cow Week or Changing Our World week.
The weeklong event was kickoff with the goal of raising $5,000 for the school’s Backpack Program, a non-profit program that provide meals for students in need each weekend.
Not only did the students meet the goal, but they almost tripled the money hitting the $13,409 mark, Dozier said.
“That equals about 1,200 backpacks,” Dozier said.
Dozier said the students decided to hold the fundraiser every year the week before spring break.
Payton Hill, a Grove High School senior, was profiled during the meeting.
The all-state swimmer has earned 32 swimming medals during her swimming career at Grove schools.
“She put Grove Schools on the map when it comes to swimming,” said Athletic Director Richard Bassett.
The school also sent 14 teams to the Cherokee Challenge Bowl and brought home seven first-place medals, two second-place medals and two third-place medals.
In other business, Coaly informed the board all the school sites were accredited with no deficiencies.
The board also approved a $12,341 bid from Beasley Technology for a wireless access point. Coaly told the board the school will have 41 wireless connections.
The board also approved:
• a school calendar with the first day of school Aug. 17 for the 2017-18 school year.
• an audit letter with the Broken Arrow firm of Sanders, Bledsoe and Hewett.
• an agreement, renewing software service with Municipal Accounting Systems for the 2017-18 school year.
• the Oklahoma Teacher Leader Effectiveness license agreement for the 2017-18 school years.
• Ruth Kelly Studio Picture agreement for the 2017-18 school year.
• Closing activity accounts from the first grade, second grade and third grade and transferring $2,706.16 to the Lower Elementary Account.
• continuing career-technology programs for the 2017-18 school year. The programs include Future Farmers of America and Family and Consumer Science.
• also took no action on approving a bid for a Kubota 72-inch zero turn mower.