Grove School Board members voted on Tuesday, Nov. 14, to host a meeting next month, to approve a resolution placing a transportation bond issue before voters in 2018.

Board member Jerry Crossley was not present for the meeting.

The special meeting is set for 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. During the meeting, which takes place in the GPS administration building, Fourth and Broadway, board members will decide if they will call for special election on March 6, 2018.

If the item is approved, board members will determine on Dec. 7, which of the three proposed bond issue will be placed on the ballot. Those bonds under consideration are for $400,000, $600,000 and $800,000.

During Tuesday's meeting, the board indicated it prefers moving forward with the $800,000 bond issue.

According to Grove Superintendent Sandy Coaly, the bond will be used to purchase new buses for the district.

A new bus costs approximately $95,000. Coaly said after the meeting, the proposed tax increase is around $20 a year for a typical household.

During the meeting, Coaly also updated the board on the technology bond issue saying the school district has 17 cameras at the sites and 880 chrome books.

The board also approve a resolution to fill a five-year board position for Ward No. 3 currently held by Dr. Audrey Crawford. 

On Thursday, Crawford said she does not plan to seek re-election, saying she initially promised her family she would limit her time on the board to five years.

"At this time I don't intend to seek re-election," Crawford said. "I know there are some good people out there, who can serve in this capacity, and serve our district well.

"It's a hard decision, I have loved serving the district."

The board went into executive session for 80 minutes to discuss superintendent applications and when they returned it was announced no motions were made and no votes were taken.

Band Director Joe Wilhelm addressed the board saying Coaly is receiving an award at the Oklahoma Music Educators' Association banquet set for Jan. 18.

In financial business, Public Service of Oklahoma gave the school district $3,561.50 as part of its peak performance program. The board was presented the school’s audit by Tanner Updike from Sanders, Bledsoe and Hewett, CPA's with no deficiencies.

The board approved bids from Bob Burleson for $5,600.00 to paint the high school field house and $17,500.00 for painting the high school softball bleachers. The board also approved a $17,875 bid from Moorehead Construction Co. for asphalt for the lower elementary campus.

New employees hired are:

• Tosha Gardener and Berlinda Dionne Kleeman, eight-hour cooks.

• Bradley Helton and Rhonda Moore, bus drivers.

• Paul Cowen, extra duty head boys' eighth grade basketball coach.

• Shannan Miller and Teresa Turner, Paraprofessionals.

• David Allen, night custodian.

Corey Rooney, day custodian.

The board also approved transferring Carrie Keith from Paraprofessional to Independent Schools Inspectorate supervisor and Christine Hover as a seven-hour cook to an eight-hour cook.

Other items approved by the board:

• a robotics team trip to Little Rock, Arkansas on March 7-10, 2018 for Rock City Regional Competition.

• the crisis, emergency and disaster plans for the school’s campuses and the Performing Arts Center.

• a Joint Program Agreement with Northeast Tech in Afton.

• establishing activity account for Middle School Robotics and Middle School Gifted and Talented.

• Chrome Book Use procedures.

• the regular board meetings for the 2018 calendar year.