Members of the Grove Classroom Teachers Association called for the resignation of a school board member on Tuesday, April 10, for posting on a social network site a post critical of Grove teachers and the statewide work stoppage.
During public comments, Patsy Wilhelm, a teacher and Grove Classroom Teachers Association president, and most of the audience stood quietly for a moment before Wilhelm addressed the board saying most of the staff was asking for Terry Jones’ resignation.
“Unfortunately one of our own school members, Terry Jones, has not been supportive,” Wilhelm said.
Referring to the post, Wilhelm said, “we are the staff in which he is disappointed” and “we are the staff he [Jones] chose to associate with [an image of a] skull and crossbones [on a social media post.]”
“While the message of the skull and cross bones was unclear, some of us perceived it as a threat,” Wilhelm said of the post.
While praising the other board members, Wilhelm was critical of Jones not being at the March school board meeting to voice his concerns.
During the March 13 meeting, the board meeting voted 4-0 to approve the work stoppage. Jones was not in attendance. He was in Mexico on a scheduled family trip.
“We began the work stoppage with the intention of funding education,” Wilhelm said.
Before the regular business portion of the board meeting, Jones asked if he could address the crowd, where he apologized to the teachers.
“I respect you guys,” Jones said. “I would hope get back your respect.”
In other business, the board hired Debbie Marks as an elementary teacher and Edna Glick as full time day custodian.
Also approved was to reemploy the tenured certified staff, part-time certified retired staff, non-tenured certified staff, 12-month support personnel, 10-month support personnel and support managers/directors.
The board approved holding special meeting at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, May 10 for the sale of an $800,000 General Obligation Transportation Equipment Bonds and a $4,260,000 General Obligation Building Bonds.
In financial business, Superintendent Sandy Coaly informed the board the school’s activity account balance $444,297.05, the Grand Savings Bank balance is $2,037,136.20 and ICS investment account is $7,199,877.91.
Funds will be moved from the investment account next month for the summer payrolls, she said.
The board also approved a $16,380 bid from CDI for HP Chromebooks and a $27,022.08 bid from SHI International for ClearTouch Interactive Touch Panels.
The board also approved a contract with Gabbart Communications for annual district, campus and teacher websites and a service agreement with Jostens.
Coaly informed the board security cameras had been installed at several campuses throughout the district.
All of the principals and Coaly thanked their individual staffs during the work stoppage, as well as the community for their support.
The Early Childhood Center is undergoing a deep cleaning during the days school is out, said Principal Julie Bloss.
The Middle School took first place at the state science fair – for a record 16 straight years, said Pat Dodson, outgoing middle school principal.
High School Principal Renae Dozier honored Don Malone, owner of Malone's CNC Machining Inc., who was given the Woody Flowers Award for robotics for the Oklahoma region and will compete for the world-wide award in Houston.
The Woodie Flowers Award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design.