August 10, 2010

Newly appointed Grove Superintendent Sandy Harper faces a challenging first year amid substantial budget cuts, new one-way streets and new bus routes.

Its stressful to start my first year with budget cuts, she said. But a lot of good things are happening despite the budget.

Harper explained that the State of Oklahoma has cut its public school budget by 11.8 percent, which translates to a loss of $617,000 in funding for Grove Schools.

Its not going to be great everything is very tight, she said.

Harper said the school is reining in spending in every possible area. This year, instead of allowing each school site to order its own supplies, the school consolidated all supplies and ordered them from one supplier to get a better price.