Members of the Grove Public School board of education meet on Tuesday, Aug. 8, and approved hiring five teachers for the upcoming school year.

The board met in executive session for 30 minutes and returned to the open meeting and announced the hiring of Paul Cowan as Mid-School Social Studies teacher and extra duty as Mid-School Softball and Mid-School Baseball coach.

The board also hired Sarah Neet as Mid-School English/Language Arts teacher, Paula Knight as High School English teacher, Amber Harrison as a Special Education teacher, Becky Kidwell as a part-time Title I teacher, Tawnya Oden and Samantha Sullivan as teacher assistants and Mattea Cupp as a paraprofessional.

Melaine Crowder was approved for extra duty as Mid-School Cheer Coach and Kim Hacker for extra duty as 9th Grade Cheer Coach,

Also hired was Brenda Bruckner, Jennie Clemons and Stephen Clemons as bus drivers and Todd Gainer and Edward Ortiz as full time night custodians.

The board also approve part-time retired personnel to receive seven personal days that cannot be carried over or sold.

Superintendent Sandy Coaly told the board an open house will take place in September for the newly constructed Performing Arts Center.

In 2015, Grove voters passed a $15.77 million, 10-year bond issue to build a $12 million auditorium that is also outfitted with a 5,100 square foot storm shelter.

The board also approved revisions to several school-related policies including, School Board Internal Organization, Board of Education Notification of Meetings and Child Nutrition Information for Employee and Family, Wellness Promotion and Retention, Pass-Fail of a Course and Reading Sufficiency Act Testing and Procedures.

Other revised school policies the board approved is the Criminal Records Search, Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance, Employment References, Student Enrollment, Residency, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.

The board also approved rescinding polices involving Lunch Service, School Lunch Breakfast Program, Wellness, Retention and Destruction of Documents, Cumulative Records, and Destruction of Special Education Records.

In financial matters, the board approved an $18,644.52 quote from Cabin Diesel Services, Inc. for at diesel bus engine, and transferring $151.33 from the Class of 2015 account and $19 from the Class of 2016 account to an alumni account.

The board also approved:

• Coaly to sign all the current fiscal year expenditure reports, disbursements, and cash receipts filed with the Oklahoma Department of Education.

• an Independent Contractor and Services Agreement with INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation.

• the Healthy and Fit Schools Advisory Committee/Safe School Committee and the Gifted/Talented Advisory Committee for the upcoming school year.

• revising Sale of Property.

• adopting Document Retention and File Sharing policies.


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