The Grove School Board unanimously approved on Tuesday night to revise the school calendar making the last day of school on Friday, May 12.

In a related matter, Superintendent Sandy Coaly said Thursday, Aug. 17 is the first day of school for the 2017-18 school year.

In other business, the board approved to hire seven teachers. Those hired on temporary contracts are:

Michelle Kirkendall, Multi-handicapped Special Education teacher Lucinda Faubion, Special Education teacher Kelsey Alexander, Elementary teacher Tina Hayden, Elementary teacher

Other positions filled pending certifications are:

Nicole Reiling, Self-Contained Special Education Teacher Alan Palesano, Elementary teacher Andre Jones, High School/Mid-School Choir Director

The board also voted to transfer a Melissa Williams, a Lower Elementary teacher and Miranda Woods, an Upper Elementary teacher to the Mid-School campus. Sherry Spicer was hired as a teacher’s aide and Gary Buchanan as a night watchman.

Shelly Barnes, Upper Elementary principal addressed the board about receiving a $40,000 Oklahoma Education Technology Trust grant. The grant allows for three mobile steam labs and free professional development.

 Also Upper Elementary students displayed Sphero, a robotic ball gaming device that is controlled with a tablet. The balls that are used to hit bowling pins which teach students math concepts.

The girl’s golf team and volunteer golf coach Ileta Bray were recognized during the meeting. Richard Bassett, athletic director said the team placed fifth at the state golf tournament. 

Bray also addressed the board about the 17 middle school golf students and the awards at the Muskogee, Tahlequah and Pryor golf tournaments.

“The boys took first place at all three tournaments,” Bray said.

Board member Dr. Audrey Crawford praised Patricia Island Estates and Golf Club for allowing the school to use the golf course at no charge.

“The community is unbelievable,” Bassett said, echoing Crawford’s comments.

In other community outreach endeavors Coaly told the board that Keller and Williams Real Estate, a Grove real estate company, contacted the school and volunteered to come to the school on May 11 to help with yard maintenance and curb appeal projects.

The board also approved high school principal Renae Dozier and middle school principal Pat Dodson and board members Terry Jones and Clara Mills to serve on the negotiations team for the next school year.

Coaly announced the school would be advertising for a position associated with the operations of the new Performing Arts Center. The position would be for summer employment with a $5,000 stipend, she said.

In financial matters, the board approved the Bank of Grove and Grand Savings Bank along with the Bank of Oklahoma Financial Association for the $1.1 million General Obligation Building Bonds.

Clara Mills, school board president expressed her appreciation for the banks cooperation and working together.

“This is wonderful,” Mills said referring to the banks working together toward the benefit of the students and the community.

The interest rate is 1.4 percent on the bond amount.

In connection with the bond, the board passed two resolutions providing for the issuance and to designate the bonds "Qualified Tax-Exempt Obligations" pursuant to Internal Revenue policies.

Bids

The board also approved a $24,505 bid from Beasley Technology, Inc. for the purchase of 130 HP Chromebooks for the Upper Elementary students.

Other bids approved was an e-rate bid from Rectec Technology and Communication for phone and internet services for the next school year and a bid from Apple Inc.

Coals said the Apple products, which partly included 10 computers for the middle school library, were purchased with a grant from the Seneca Cayuga Nation.

Also approved by the board was the use of buses by the YMCA and local daycares providing they pay for the fuel and for the driver.

Other Business

Also approved by the board are:

• an application for temporary appropriations for the next school year

• a contract with Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

• the sanctioning of new booster clubs – the 2021 Booster Club and the Grove Cheer Booster Club.