The Grove School Board learned on Tuesday, Sept. 14, two Grove students earned the honor of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. 

“This is the first time in my 11 years that we have a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and now we have two,” said Renae Dozier, Grove High School Principal.

Ben Cloud and Andrew Wallace were two of the 16,000 students picked from across the country for the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

They will continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million offered in the spring.

Dozier also told the board Grove High School scored higher than the state average on the recent ACT report.

“We were well above the state average,” Dozier said. “The state average did drop with all the students taking the test. Grove is still above the state average.”

Employment issues

The board approved hiring Mandy Osborn and Lesia Praytor on temporary teaching contracts.

Other hires were: Emily Sanders and Jessika Calico as paraprofessionals, Caroline Burleson as bus driver, Christine Hover as a 7-hour cafeteria cook, Douglas Innocenti as full time night custodian and Oscar Flores as Head Boys' Soccer Lay Coach.

Other business

Two student trips were approved by the board – a FFA trip to Indianapolis, Ind. from Oct. 24 to 27 for the National FFA Convention and a trip to Hawaii for the Jazz Band from May 2 to 7, 2018.

The FFA department has a good parent base and the number of students in the program has increased, said Sandy Coaly, Superintendent.

This is the second trip to Hawaii for the Grove Band Department, said Joe Wilhelm, Band Director.

“The cost is $1,800 and the students will hold fundraisers and have their own contributions,” Wilhelm said. 

Also attending are the seniors who are in marching and concert band, he said.

The board also approved:

• The estimate of needs for the 2017-2018 school year

• a $49,993 quote from Avigilon Security Camera Expansion for 41 cameras.

• the Facility Rental Packet for the Performing Arts Center.

• a credit for students who attend the Technology Center.

• an alternative education plan for the 2017-18 school year.

• a Resident Teacher Committee for the 2017- 18 school year.

• a Textbook Committee.

• to authorize Coaly, Patti Beamer and Kathie Hanna as designated representatives with the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

• all the activity fund accounts.

• sanctioning 14 groups, including booster clubs for track, cheerleading, band, tennis, golf, football, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, soccer, Grove Interact Professional Educators of Grove.

• negotiations with GESPA (Grove Employee Support Personnel Association).