Grove School Board members were updated this week on the status of the Performing Arts Center.

“Everything is going well,” said J.T. Boynton with the Tulsa-based architectural firm Boynton Williams and Associates.

Boynton, who gave the update during the Tuesday, April 11 meeting, said the completion date is June.

 “It’s starting to look like it’s going to look,” Boynton said of the building, adding that a recent inspection did not indicate any major problems. 

The $12.6 million Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of the Grove High School, is home to a 5,100-square-feet storm shelter.

Grove voters approved a $15.77 million, 10-year bond issue in March 2015 to build a performing arts center and upgrade the school’s technology system.

In a related matter, the board approved a meeting for May 4 to sell the $1.1 million General Obligation Building Bonds associated with this bond issue.

Other business 

Superintendent Sandy Coaly informed the board due to budget cuts she is anticipating a loss of around $100,000 making the total amount of losses around $300,000 to this year school budget.

Several groups were honored at the beginning of the meeting.

Coaly recognized school resource officers Tracy Bloss and John Sherman.

"They are such an important part of the school,” Coaly said. “We are blessed to have two resource officers.”

Everybody at the school from the students to the teachers love these guys, she said.

The two officers were recognized for the SAFE - Seat Belts Are For Everyone – program, which distinguishes students have had no seatbelt violations. Students have the opportunity to win $25 gift cards and the opportunity to win an end-of-the-year prize.

The board also learned Grove Middle School science fair students took home for the 16th straight year the overall championship award and six first place medals, three second place medals and two third place medals.

The Grove High School band brought home the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Sweepstakes Award. This is the school’s eighth Sweepstakes Award trophy, said Joe Wilhelm, band director.

The Speech and Drama department also won the Academic Award.

School Board member Terry Jones was also administered the oath of office for his second term on the school board for District No. 2.

District No. 2 covers North Cherokee Street, the area north of the “T” intersection of North Cherokee Street and portions of the Cowskin area. His term expires in 2022.

Employment issues

The school board approved the hiring two summer custodians, Quannah Dick Mary Burdette and voting to approve transferring Teresa Rockers to the Lower Elementary Principal’s secretary position. Tammy Kipper was also approved to fill the Library Clerk/Title VII Indian Ed Cultural Specialist/Tutor position.

Also approved for the 2017-18 school year was the reemployment of tenured and non-tenured certified staff and part-time retired certified staff.

“I would like to hire for four (teaching) positions,” Coaly said of the upcoming school year.

The board also authorized Coaly to notify in writing support personnel with 10-month and 12-month contracts, support managers and directors the board does not presently intend to enter into a written contract of employment for the upcoming school year.

The board also approved a $12,439 bid from Kubota Center of Grove for a 60-inch Kubota mower and a contract with Gabbart Communications for the annual district, campus and teacher websites.