By Wesley Coburn - ONN
Okmulgee Public Schools held a special meeting of the school board on Wednesday, July 26, to prepare for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.
Jennifer Beal was named principal for Okmulgee Primary, Stephanie Lee was named principal of Dunbar Intermediate, Brad Ferguson was named principal at Okmulgee High, and LuVonna Copeland was named principal for Okmulgee High School’s ACE Program.
The school will purchase three new Midwest school buses and a new Ford Expedition, while declaring one OPS-owned vehicle as surplus.
Adjunct teacher Mariah Price was hired for two hours of high school Chemistry I and Chemistry II, while adjunct Lucky Burney was hired for three hours Creative Writing.
Other new employees hired were Ed King as Dean of Students, custodians Lorin Hammer, Lori Reed-Allen and Mista Cosby; teaching assistants Josh McGovran and Malcolm Johnson; Teresa Norberg as cook, and certified staff LeAnne Boone, Karen Iverson, and Angie Sexton-Hook. The board accepted the resignation of Dawn Ezell.
Other items approved were technology fees, designation of surplus textbooks, the high school’s Student-Parent Handbook, an internet filtering system, and granting transcript credits to classes taken through Green Country Vo-Tech. Okmulgee Public Schools and Schulter Public Schools have entered into a cooperative agreement for baseball.
There were no changes to last year’s graduation requirements, and the schools will be operating on a 1080 Instructional Hour schedule instead of the more traditional 180 Day calendar. The school day will run from 7:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Classes begin on Thursday, August 10.