The Grove School Board hired from within the school family and promoting two assistant principals during the Tuesday, May 8 school board meeting.

Jeff Gibe, the current assistant upper elementary school principal, will become the middle-school principal, while Donna Clark, the current lower elementary assistant principal, is taking over as principal at the same campus.

Gibe is replacing Pat Dodson, who is moving to become the new district superintendent and Clark is replacing Kelly Trumbull, who is retiring this year.

The board also approved hiring Dusty Crowder as the Technology Director and Courtney Lumna as High School English teacher on a temporary contract. 

Dr. James Rutter, school board president, announced that Superintendent Sandy Coaly was chosen Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA) District 6 Superintendent of the year and is in the running for state superintendent award.

Board members approved May 24 as the last day of school for students and May 25 as the last day for faculty.

Coaly reminded the board the additional days were due to the teacher work stoppage in April. This change allows the district to maintain the required 1,080 hours, she said.

The board also approved two bids from SHI for $138,552 for 600 Chromebooks and $93,117.84 for 22 Clear Touch Interactive Touch Panels.

SHI specialized in hardware and software services for governmental agencies and schools.

In addition, a bid from B&B Heating and Air Conditioning for $72,888 to replace 10 units and four new HVAC units was approved. The new units will have programmable thermostats.

The board also approved a negotiation team comprised of school board members, Clara Mills, Rutter and school principals Julie Bloss and Renae Dozier for the 2018-19 school year.

The school board met in executive session for approximately 10 minutes to discuss employment matters. When they returned, Rutter announced no votes were taken. 

No action was taken for a new deputy clerk position.

In other business, the board approved:

• an application for temporary appropriations.

• a contract with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. This contract allows students with an individualized educational plan to come to the school during the summer to work.

• a memorandum of understanding with Grand Lake Mental Health Center.

• an activity account to establish an Arvest Foundation Scholarship.