Letters of appreciation to the Grove School Board from Middle School students were the first order of business at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Zachery Thomas, Katelyn Morley and McKalee Steen read several cards thanking the board for the addition to the middle school which has just been completed.

An Open House was held prior to the board meeting with parents, teachers and board members touring the new classrooms.

Enrollment figures were announced by the principals of each of the schools . The Early Learning Center reported 354 students; Lower Elementary, 578 students; Upper Elementary, 342 students; Middle School, 531 students; and Grove High School  740 students, making it the 62nd largest school in Oklahoma and 3rd from the bottom of the 5A schools, reported principal Renae Dozier. She also boasted that the number of students enrolled in the A.C.T. prep class increased from 20-30 typically to 50 students this year.

All of the other principals also reported on the progress at their schools including accomplishments and upcoming special events planned for their classes.

Coach Will Jones  reported that the schools sold a record $12,000 in gate ticket sales and was optimistic about the football team’s season which has two winning games under them already.

Coach Dwayne Brown talked about the successful softball season and announced that Grove is in line to be host a regional event and that they are working out the details.  He thanked several people for their support with the program including Mark Lovelace.

“I’m proud of the direction that program is going,” Brown said.

In regular business, after rejecting previous bids  for the the construction project on the Lower Elementary School, the board unanimously approved the lowest bids received for a total cost of more than $3.5 million.

A special meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 29 at 6 p.m. to sign the contracts on the bids awarded.

Bids were also awarded to Guarantee Roofing for $209,120 to re-roof the middle school.

A $15.6 million estimate of needs submitted by  Grove Schools Superintendent Sandy Harper was approved . Harper said the estimate is $1 million less than last year.

The yearly plan for the Alternative Education Plan was approved  for $72,913.

Board members also approved a curriculum/textbook committee, a gifted and talented committee and a Healthy and Fit Schools Advisory Committee/Safe Schools committee  for the 2010-11 school year along with a Title I District Plan and Parental Involvement.

  Several policies were approved which would bring the schools into compliance with some of the new laws that were recently passed that dealt with background checks on new and current employees and policies for jury duty and witness leave.

A $14,500 donation for athletics, a  $9,000 donation to the band and several smaller donations were approved by the board. Board members expressed their appreciation for the generosity of the donors.

The board declared a surplus on several items including 5 school buses and designated Superintendent Harper to dispose of them in a manner she deems in the best interest of the school district.

In other business, several new employees were approved including:

Lee Roy Williams, bus driver; Greta Wishon, bus driver; Robert Amey, bus driver; David Brown, night custodian; Charla Weisner, custodian; Rosie Amey, cafeteria cook; Vickie Sager, from cafeteria to night custodian; Marla Linton, Special Education teacher on a temporary contract, pending certification; Brianna Thurman, Business Computer teacher, temporary contract; John Carl Morgan; high school science teacher;.

The Grove School board meets every 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Grove Middle School Library.