Grove Education Foundation For Excellence (GEFFE) awarded more than $30 thousand in project grant money this week to Grove Schools it was announced at the regular meeting of the Grove School Board Tuesday night.

“I feel like the Publisher’s Clearing House prize patrol,” said GEFFE president Kristi Wallace as she talked to the school board about the grants.

The largest grant awarded was $18,120 to the Lower Elementary School to fund a mobile computer cart for the third grade which will provide an additional 30 computers to further integrate technology into the curriculum.

Principal Kelly Trumbull, who requested the grant, choked back tears as she talked about the grant and thanked GEFFE for their generosity.

The next largest grant was $2347 for the Margie Hayes Middle School history class for supplemental materials for the United States History curriculum including maps, history and primary source documents and readers. A grant for $1238 was awarded to the Lower Elementary School to partially fund a healthy eating and exercise program called Get Up! Get Moving! Get Healthy!

Some of the other 17 projects grants funds ranged from books, science kits, art resources and funding the purchase of owl pellets to dissect for the 5th grade science class.

“We do the best we can to spend the money that is entrusted to us wisely,” said Wallace.

“We appreciate GEFFE , they bless us so much,” said District Superintendent Sandy Harper to Wallace and to the members of the GEFFE board that attended the meeting.

Since its inception in 1997, GEFFE has awarded more than $750,000 in project grants to Grove Schools.

Grove Schools plan to spend more than $15.6 million in the 2010-2011 school year. Grove School Board approved an appropriated budget presented by District Superintendent Sandy Harper.

The largest expenditure is $12.9 million in salaries compared to $14.2 million for the last school year. In addition to budgeting building projects and regular utilities and maintenance the expenditures also includes $489 thousand for food, up $10 thousand from last year.

In other business, the board heard principals’ reports that included a report from Middle School Principal Pat Dodson that they are stepping up efforts in the school to address the problem of bullying. Dodson said they have had an increased number of bullying incidents lately from reports from parents and from the students. The school is planning on utilizing the resources they have with the Grove Police Department to come talk to the school about defining what bullying is and how to address it. High School principal Renae Dozier also reported that Grove Police Department has been working with the high school as well to come up with ways to help address the problem there. Dodson said that while many of the incidents originate outside the school in mediums such as Facebook and texting, the problems carry over into the school.

In other business, the board approved additional third grade classroom to the Lower Elementary alleviating some of the overcrowding. Principal Kelly Trumbull said the additional classroom will decrease the current class sizes to about 21 students compared to an average of 28 students per classroom. The board hired Jaimy Eberle on a temporary contract to teach the additional third grade class.

In other school business the board heard Mike Thompson of Grove Insurance Associates pour over insurance options for the school and recommended the school use OSIG — Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group as an insurance provider. Superintendent Harper told the board that 85 percent of Oklahoma Schools contract with OSIG to insure buildings, contents, liability and vehicles.

Other actions included:

•Approving a high school trip to Italy and Greece in June 2012 as requested by high school teacher Mrs. Kane. Kane gave details about the trip that will cost $3700 for students and $4300 for adults.

•Reviewed a student drop out report given by Grove High School Principal Renae Dozier.

•Approved the contract for Career and Technology program

•Authorized the superintendent to dispose of surplus items including books and office equipment.

• Voted to employ Dorothy Jean Heard as part time math and reading teacher, interventionist.

•Hired Matt Fracek as High School In-School Intervention Supervisor.

•Heard Coach Will Johnson report on the achievement of the athletic department including the girl’s softball qualifying for state which is going on today.

•Superintendent Harpter told the board that the school’s Johnson O’Malley program has won a national award and she will keep the posted on the results. She also reported that one of the high school juniors, Robbie Masri received a marketing scholarship which included a trip to NY.

•The board heard Superintendent Harper announce that there is a new item on the website where anyone can sign up for Grove public schools email which will give them updates on any kind of disaster, press release, school closings, and important information that he principals or superintendent will want to convey.

•Oct 27 Grove will be featured as the cool school on Tulsa Channel 8 and will air at 6 a.m. at the high school gym. Public is invited to be a part of the feature.

•Heard Renae Dozier report that there have been a record number of students taking AP tests. Three Grove students were named AP scholars which means they received 30 or higher on the test at least 3 times.

•ACT prep class is underway with a record number of students taking the class. The December session is already full.

• The Early Childhood Center will be promoting Cash for Classroom on Oct 14-26, by collecting addresses of our friends and families. On Oct. 20 Rib Crib will have ECC day, present with your ticket from Cash for Classrooms and get 15% off .