Colcord Board of Education met on Thursday, July 20 to fill a principal position, vacant since October 2016 when John Robert Hampton moved from elementary principal to 21 Century Director.
“We decided to wait for two reasons," explained Colcord Superintendent Bud Simmons. "One was that it would have been hard to find someone in October since most candidates who would be possible candidates are under contract with other school districts. Also we were waiting to see how the budget from the state aid would turn out. We did know that until recently.”
Twelve applicants applied for the job. The board hired voted to hire Misty Winfield to fill the elementary principal position.
“We are excited to add Miss Winfield to our administrator staff," Simmons said. "She has great experience and success in her teaching career and I feel she is going to be a great asset to our school system. She has worked here in the past so she is familiar with our school and staff."
An educator for 19 years, Winfield began her career at Colcord. She spent the last 11 years at Jay Upper Elementary School.
A 1992 graduate of Jay High School, she has an associates from Rogers State College, a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah and a master's in education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to be the elementary principal at Colcord,” Winfield said. “I believe they have great leadership here at Colcord and I’m thrilled to work along side them.
"I am inheriting a great staff at the elementary and can’t wait to get started working with them. I’ve worked with wonderful, dedicated educators at both school systems. It is a blessing to know we have so many great educators caring for our kids here in Delaware County.”
Winfield has two sons: Brody a sophomore at Jay High School, and Gabe, a sixth grader at Jay Middle School.
Simmons said hiring Winfield has benefits.
"This will give me a chance to go do my job as Superintendent," Simmons said, adding he will also return to the football field in the afternoon during the season to fill a vacant coaching position.
During the meeting the administrators gave their summer reports with the most changes coming to the high school with the addition of some new classes for students.
New classes at the high school include drama added to the speech class offerings and choir added to the music program. A history in religion class has also been added.
“We want to offer a curriculum with classes that make students want to go to Colcord public schools," Simmons said. "So we are adding these classes to give the kids more options for electives."
Virtual classes have also been added, to allow students an opportunity for online learning.
“These will be the best class schedules we have offered in a very long time,” Simmons said.
Simmons reported the new construction at the softball and baseball fields is coming along on schedule and the facility will be ready for the fast pitch season home opener on Thursday, Aug. 17.
“Most of the construction has been done by employees on staff so we have not had to hire outside labor to finish the job," Simmons said. "Most of the money to build the new facility was raised through fundraisers by the Colcord Alumni Association that generated a little over $17,000. The rest came from a $5,000 donation from American Woodman and other private donors,” said Simmons.
The new facility will house a concession stand, men’s and women’s bathrooms as well as locker rooms for both boys and girls baseball and softball teams. In the past the concession was a table set up and run with mainly candy bars and drinks.
“We hope to secure grant money to put lights on the fields in the future. We cannot play games at this time after dark,” Simmons said. “We just want the kids that play those sports to have nice comfortable facilities. We haven’t had the money in the budget in the past to do things like this. But with the fundraising and donors we were able to add this nice facility to our sports program."
In other business at the meeting Simmons said the school's initial aid from the state was up $45,000 from last year and that they had a carry over of around 12 percentage from last year.
Part of the carry over was that the school did not receive as many cuts in the budget as they thought they would for the 2017 school year.
“The state kind of came through for us in the end and the cuts weren’t as bad as we thought they might be,” said Simmons.
The board also approved giving each teacher a $100 supply budget for the 2017-18 school year.
“I am so excited that we were able to do that this year," Simmons said. "We didn’t want the teachers having to spend money out of their own pocket to buy supplies for their classrooms."
Other employment issues
In other business the board approved the hiring of Jordan Crites as middle school secretary and child nutrition clerk, approved the rehire of Kyla Davis as a teacher’s aide and tabled the hiring of a special education teacher and a bus driver because of lack of applicants. Suzy Harrington was approved as the treasurer for the school district and Sharon Simmons as the assistant treasurer for the 2017-18 school year.
The board also approved an agreement to serve students within the district boundaries of Moseley School district.