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The Preston Cheerleaders won 1st place in the Class 2A Regional competition in Bixby September 19th. (L-R Top row) - Brooklyn Wadley, Rayvin Finch, Daisha Tarkington, Tiara Harley, Mandra Maxwell,
Emma Long,  Alesha Orsburn, Dani Hays, Samantha Hack (Bottom Row) - Becca Watkins, Natalie Downing, Ashlee Basquez, Lauren Galindo, Autumn Dearman, and Kayleigh Dowling. Cheerleading Coaches are Cassie Jones & Becky Beets

They will be performing in the State Competition this coming Saturday, Sept. 26th, in Stillwater.

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Okmulgee Bulldogs Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Kevin Gordon, made a visit to the Lion's Club this week with a few of his senior players for the 2015.  Gordon shared his thoughts about the upcomig season.

"This weather makes for good running. The boys arent real fond of it, but it does make for some good running weather." Gordon opens. "I look forward to this every year, I enjoy coming and introducing the boys and thanking you all for the support you all provide to the bulldogs. We are excited for this upcoming year and hope you are too."  

Gordon is in his fourth year in the Head Coach position for the Okmulgee Bulldogs and has big hopes for the team this year.

"All you can ask for is 100% improvement and each year we have gotten better and better and have been able to show this town what the Bulldogs can do. Whenever you are invested in something, you take a greater pride in it. That is what is happening in Okmulgee. We are giving them something to invest in, something to take pride in," states Gordon.  

Football camp began on August 11 with approximately 55 students hoping to make the cut. Gordon tells hopefuls to look to their left and to their right and realize that not everyone standing next to them will make the cut.

"Football isn't for everyone." states Gordon, "You have to be willing to work hard and learn from your mistakes. Athletics can prepare you for the rest of your life. Down the road, there will be days that you do not want to go to work, there will be days when you do not like your boss. Right now, football is your job, right now, I am your boss, and you will learn to work hard and let it go and you will grow from it. Put the time in, reap the rewards."  

Coach Gordon went on to say that he applauds the 55 kids kids who are out there putting in the work, whether or not they make it in the end. "Whether academics or athletics, something that engages you and gets your brain working, these are what are shaping the youth to be productive adults."

Gordon explained that this team is a young team, with a good majority of the starters from previous years having graduated last year, "We may not have the size, but we make up for that in will and want to. We have kids who listen, not so big but smart and coachable and fast! They want to win, they want to learn, and they want to be successful. This years team is ready to get a taste of some wins."

The Okmulgee Bulldogs will only play 4 home games this year, with the homecoming scheduled for September 18.  

The first game of the year will be against Chandler on September 4 in Chandler. Coach Gordon then invited one of his senior players to speak to the Lions, Tre Pizana. Pizana took to the podium and spoke of how Coach Gordon has taught him and his teammates leadership over the years. Pizana also took the time to thank the Lion's Club for their support and promised and undefeated season.

The Bulldogs have gone through a few staffing changes this season and has a new assistant Coach with Marlon Houston, who has experience as a defensive coach for the Bulldogs, as well as an extensive football coaching history at other area schools. Houston and Gordon have adopted the Tony Franklin style of offense this year and plan to use it to the best of their ability.

"We are going to take advantage of what we have. We know we are young up front, we know we are small upfront, but instead of focusing on getting the ball into two hands, we are going to learn to get the ball into six hand. The last three years we have had great defense. We have three of our secondary players back this year, we only lost 4 people from the defensive line (graduating seniors). We have some track boys out there. Okmulgee finished fourth in the State last year in track, we are fast. The upcoming freshmen and next years eighth graders, that is where our height will be. They are just babies now, but in a few years we will have that size back. We will have the linebackers," states Gordon.

Gordon said this year's plan is to go 15 and 0. Football comes in three stages, non-district, district, and play offs. Gordon stated the focus of the bulldogs is to win the non-district games and go from there, to tackle each game as it comes. Gordon ended the meeting with the announcment of a scrimmage in Pocola on Friday August 28.

Okmulgee County schools are primed and ready for the 2015-2016 school year to begin. Details on the southern county schools, Henryetta, Wilson, and Dewar were highlighted in a previous article (here), this one will highlight Okmulgee, Beggs, Morris, and Preston.

Preston is set to begin on August 13 with a Teacher Meet and Greet on August 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Two new teachers have been hired in the elementary as well as a new high school science teacher.

Morris will have the kids returning on August 20 with an open house held on August 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Beggs also begins on August 20, with their open house scheduled for August 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Okmulgee Public Schools will report back on August 6 with orientation for the Primary school on August 4 at 5:00 p.m.

According to the Okmulgee Primary School calendar, meet the teachers will begin for OES at 5:30 p.m. Freshman Orientation for Okmulgee High School will be held on July 30 at 5:45 p.m. at the Clell Warriner Theatre.

Manna Day will be held on August 1 at First Baptist Church in Okmulgee. Forms were available starting July 28.

On behalf of Okmulgee News Network, we wish all students a happy and productive school year.

Area schools are gearing up for back to school. With the beginning of school rapidly approaching, teachers and administrators are getting back into the classrooms and back on schedule. ONN spoke with some schools in the southern part of the county today about their new line up of educational staff this year.

Dewar, Henryetta, Schulter and Wilson have all hired new teachers for the upcoming school year. Henryetta High School has hired Janet Osborn to teach high school science, Brian Grabman for math, Kristina Kimberlin will teach English, Amber Wetzel is Henryetta's newest special education teacher. William George will teach high school science, Karen Willis will teach choir, Clayton Vaughn and Aaron Wilson are the newest history teachers, who will also double as coaches, along with William George, under the direction of Henryetta's new athletic director Tim Gillespie.

Dewar has added these new teachers to their school, including facts teacher Vicki Clingan, Alicia Anderson who will teach both middle and high school English and math, and Glen Leist, the middle and high schools newest science teacher. 

Wilson elementary has hired two new teachers for their math and science programs, Mrs. Titsworth and Mrs. Mason.The lementary experienced minor flood damage during this lasts spring's rain, leading to a small remodel of a number of classrooms.  Open house for Wilson will be held on August 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. with the first day of school on August 10. Dewar will hold their open house on August 18 with students returning for the year on August 19. Henryetta will begin on August 20 with open house held the night before, August 19, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Schulter will have a new pre-k teacher, Mrs. Leah Lesley, and Mrs. Daniels will move teach the 3rd grade. Wilson also welcoming Mrs. Hill back on a part time basis to use her considerable reading skills to remediate our students who are struggling in reading. Schulter has a large number of new students, some transfers and some move-ins. It seems that this group of new students contains quite a few scholars and some excellent athletes as well. Schulter will begin their school year with a full schedule of junior high and high school fast pitch softball play. The girls are in the midst of a winning season.

First Day of School for these campuses will be:

Wilson August 10
Schulter August 11
Dewar August 19
Henryetta August 20

Look for more school news coming up on the northern Okmulgee county schools.

REGULAR MEETING
OKMULGEE BOARD OF EDUCATION
June 26, 2015 -- 6:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
316 E. 8TH ST
OKMULGEE, OK


1. Roll Call and Declaration of Quorum
2. Consent Agenda – Items recommended for approval by a single motion.
At the request of any Board Member, any item herein listed may be removed from the consent agenda for discussion or vote as a single issue.
A. Consideration of the minutes of the June 9, 2015 regular meeting.
B. Consideration of monthly encumbrances /expenditures as listed:
1. General Fund (F11);
Purchase Orders:
FY15: # 813 – 823
FY16: # 001 - 177
Payroll:
FY15: none
FY16: # 50000 – 500xx
Change Orders: As listed
2. Building Fund (F21);
Purchase Orders:
FY15: none
FY16: # 001 - 35
Payroll: None
Change Orders: As listed
3. Child Nutrition Fund (F22);
Purchase Orders:
FY15: none
FY16: # 001 - 36
Payroll:
FY15: none
FY16: # 50000 – 500xx
Change Orders: None
4. Bond Fund (F32);
Purchase Orders:
FY15: none
FY16: # 001 - 7
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
5. Bond Fund (F33);
Purchase Orders: None
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
6. Sinking Fund (F41);
Purchase Orders:
FY15: none
FY16: # 001 - 3
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
C. Consideration of School Rental Requests as listed:
D. Consideration of Bus Rental Requests as listed:
E. Consideration of fundraising activities for FY15.
F. Consideration and vote regarding award of bids for cafeteria services for FY16 as recommended by Kathy Riley.
G. Consideration and vote regarding approval of a loan from Fund 11 to Fund 22 for FY16 if needed for the operation of the school lunch program.
3. Discussion, consideration and vote to go into executive session, pursuant to OKLA. STAT. tit. 25 § 307(B)(1) & (B)(7) (Supp. 2002) for:
A. Discussion and vote by Board regarding any extra duty assignments:
Kary Neal – Summer Technology Work FY15
Others as needed
B. Discussion and vote by Board regarding any resignations at hand:
Stacey Horton – Librarian (OHS)
Others at hand
C. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of support staff for FY16:
Margaret Keel – Cook OES
Shawn Lewis – Cook OHS
IT Director position -- discussion
RENTAL SITE
ORGANIZATION
DATE
none
PURPOSE OF TRIP
ORGANIZATION
DATE
none
ACCOUNT
ORGANIZATION
ACTIVITY
880
Quarter Back Club
Chicken Dinner/car wash
D. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of certified staff for FY16:
Grant Proctor – 2nd Grade Teacher
Kary Neal – District Webmaster & social media manager / District EdTech /
IT Assistant (certified teaching position assignment – retains
all tenure and other certified teacher status)
E. Discussion regarding the possible disciplining/censuring of Rocky Lee, a Board Member, as authorized by Okla. Stat. tit. 25, § 307 (B) (1) and Okla. Stat. tit. 70, § 5-118.
4. Return to Open Session and Board Clerk statement of compliance with the record keeping requirements of Executive Session.
5. Recommendations for consideration and vote:
A. Discussion and vote by Board regarding any extra duty assignments:
Kary Neal – Summer Technology Work FY15
Others as needed
B. Discussion and vote by Board regarding any resignations at hand:
Stacey Horton – Librarian (OHS)
Others at hand
C. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of support staff for FY16:
Margaret Keel – Cook OES
Shawn Lewis – Cook OHS
D. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of certified staff for FY16:
Grant Proctor – 2nd Grade Teacher
Kary Neal – District Webmaster & social media manager / District EdTech /
IT Assistant (certified teaching position assignment – retains
all tenure and other certified teacher status)
E. Discussion and vote to adopt or not adopt a resolution publically censuring Board Member Rocky Lee.
F. Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding an update to Board Policy #1011 “Officers”.
G. Discussion, consideration, and possible vote regarding a re-alignment of the offices and posts of the Board.
6. Consideration and vote to adjourn the meeting:

REGULAR MEETING OKMULGEE BOARD OF EDUCATION

June 9, 2015 ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

316 E. 8TH ST OKMULGEE, OK

6:00 P.M.

1. Roll Call and Declaration of Quorum

2. Consent Agenda – Items recommended for approval by a single motion.

At the request of any Board Member, any item herein listed may be removed from the consent agenda for discussion or vote as a single issue.

A. Consideration of the minutes of the May 12, 2015 regular meeting and May 29, 2015 special meeting.

B. Consideration of monthly encumbrances /expenditures as listed:

1. General Fund (F11);

Purchase Orders: # 786-811

Payroll: None

Change Orders: As listed

2. Building Fund (F21);

Purchase Orders: None

Payroll: None

Change Orders: As listed

3. Child Nutrition Fund (F22);

Purchase Orders: # 74-75

Payroll: None

Change Orders: None

4. Bond Fund (F32);

Purchase Orders: None

Payroll: None

Change Orders: None

5. Bond Fund (F33);

Purchase Orders: None

Payroll: None

Change Orders: None

6. Sinking Fund (F41);

Purchase Orders: None

Payroll: None

Change Orders: None

C. Consideration of School Rental Requests as listed: none

D. Consideration of Bus Rental Requests as listed: none

E. Consideration of fundraising activities for FY15. Adrenaline Football

3. Reports:

A. Superintendent’s Report – Tod Williams

4. Action Agenda – Individual items for discussion, consideration, and possible vote:

The Board may choose to take action on any item listed, including: motion to approve; motion to not approve; make a specific motion; take no action; table an item; or concur no action required, Members may second a motion, cast a vote, or abstain.

A. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve quote from OSAG for Worker’s Comp Insurance for FY16.

B. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve our annual OSSBA membership.

C. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve annual re-authorization of leases, subleases, and lease-purchase agreements as listed:

a. Board to consider and take action on a motion approving the renewal of the sublease of District-wide renovations and improvements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 as required under the provisions of the Sublease Agreement dated August 1, 2011 between the District and Okmulgee County Educational Facilities Authority.

b. Board to consider and take action on a motion approving the renewal of the lease-purchase for FY16 for the construction of a Track & Field Dressing Facility as required under the provisions of the Lease-Purchase Agreement approved by the Board on May 31, 2013 between the District and Citizens Security Bank of Okmulgee.

c. Board to consider and take action on a motion approving the renewal of the lease-purchase for FY16 for a Synthetic Turf Field, Running Track, and other Athletic Program improvements, as required under the provisions of the Lease-Purchase Agreement approved by the Board on July 31, 2013 between the District and KS State Bank of Manhattan, Kansas.

d. Board to consider and take action on a motion approving the renewal of the lease-purchase for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 relating to Qualified Zone Academy Bonds as required under the provisions of the Lease/Purchase Agreement dated May 1, 2014 by and between the School and the Okmulgee Municipal Authority.

D. Discussion, consideration and vote regarding award of bids for cafeteria services for FY16 as recommended by Kathy Riley.

5. Discussion, consideration and vote to go into executive session, pursuant to OKLA. STAT. tit. 25 § 307(B)(1) & (B)(7) (Supp. 2002) for:

A. Discussion and vote by Board regarding any extra duty assignments:

B. Discussion and vote by Board regarding any resignations at hand:

C. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of support staff for FY16:

D. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of certified staff for FY16:

E. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of staff for summer school programs or summer work projects for June and July of 2015.

6. Return to Open Session and Board Clerk statement of compliance with the record keeping requirements of Executive Session.

7. Recommendations for consideration and vote:

A. Discussion and vote by Board regarding any extra duty assignments:

B. Discussion and vote by Board regarding any resignations at hand:

C. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of support staff for FY16:

D. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of certified staff for FY16:

E. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of staff for summer school programs or summer work projects for June and July of 2015.

8. NEW BUSINESS

9. ANNOUNCEMENTS

10. ADJOURNMENT

SPECIAL MEETING
OKMULGEE BOARD OF EDUCATION
May 29, 2015
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
316 E. 8TH ST
OKMULGEE, OK
6:00 P.M.
===== AGENDA =====

As required by Section 311, Title 25 of Oklahoma Statues, notice is hereby given that the Okmulgee Board of Education will hold a Special meeting at the location and time above.

1. Roll Call and Declaration of Quorum

2. Reports:
A. Superintendent’s Report – Tod Williams

3. Action Agenda – Individual items for discussion, consideration, and possible vote:
The Board may choose to take action on any item listed, including: motion to approve; motion to not approve; make a specific motion; take no action; table an item; or concur no action required, Members may second a motion, cast a vote, or abstain.

A. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve a quote from Jerry Hale Insurance / OSIG for insurance coverage for FY16.
B. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve to approve Schilt Management Services as Construction Manager for the 2015 Bond Issue projects.
4. Discussion, consideration and vote to go into executive session, pursuant to OKLA. STAT. tit. 25 § 307(B)(1) & (B)(7) (Supp. 2002) for:
A. Discussion, consideration and action regarding employment and contracts for FY15 for:
1) Administrative Staff
2) Support Staff

B. Discussion, consideration and action regarding employment, contracts, duties, responsibilities, and assignments for FY16 for:
1) Administrative Staff
2) Certified Staff
3) Support Staff
4) Extra Duty Staff
C. Discussion and vote by Board regarding resignations of:
1) Aber Wetezel
2) Christie Hurst
3) Lisa Rogers
4) Pam Pellegran

5. Acknowledge return to open session and Board Clerk statement of compliance with the record keeping requirements of executive session.

6. Recommendations for consideration and vote:

A. Discussion, consideration and action regarding employment and contracts for FY15 for:
1) Administrative Staff
2) Support Staff

B. Discussion, consideration and action regarding employment, contracts, duties, responsibilities, and assignments for FY16 for:
1) Administrative Staff
2) Certified Staff
3) Support Staff
4) Extra Duty Staff

C. Discussion and vote by Board regarding resignations of:
1) Aber Wetezel
2) Christie Hurst
3) Lisa Rogers
4) Pam Pellegran

7. Discussion Agenda – Individual items for discussion and consideration only:

A. Discussion regarding school finances, the fiscal outlook for FY16, and possible options.

8. ANNOUNCEMENTS

9. ADJOURNMENT

Okmulgee Public Schools
REGULAR MEETING
OKMULGEE BOARD OF EDUCATION
May 12, 2015
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
316 E. 8TH ST
OKMULGEE, OK
6:00 P.M.
1. Roll Call and Declaration of Quorum
2. Consent Agenda – Items recommended for approval by a single motion.
At the request of any Board Member, any item herein listed may be removed from the consent agenda for discussion or vote as a single issue.
A. Consideration of the minutes of the April 14, 2015, regular meeting, April 17, 2015, special meeting, and May 8, 2015 special meeting.
B. Consideration of monthly encumbrances /expenditures as listed:
1. General Fund (F11);
Purchase Orders: #711-786
Payroll: # 50246-50250
Change Orders: As listed
2. Building Fund (F21);
Purchase Orders: #45
Payroll: None
Change Orders: As listed
3. Child Nutrition Fund (F22);
Purchase Orders: # 61-73
Payroll: NONE
Change Orders: None
4. Bond Fund (F32);
Purchase Orders: None
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
5. Bond Fund (F33);
Purchase Orders: None
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
6. Sinking Fund (F41);
Purchase Orders: None
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None
Okmulgee Public Schools
C. Consideration of School Rental Requests as listed:
D. Consideration of Bus Rental Requests as listed:
E. Consideration of fundraising activities for FY15.
F. Consideration and possible vote to approve the annual update to the SIP plan.
G. Consideration and possible vote to approve the annual Title I report to the State Department.
H. Consideration and possible vote to approve an update to Board Policy #3001 – “Promotion and Retention of Students”.
3. Reports:
A. Speech & Debate Report – Skyleen Willingham
B. Superintendent’s Report – Tod Williams
C. AD’s Report – Kevin Gordon
D. Gifted and Talented Report – Gena Ballard & Laura Rodriquez
E. Bot-Ball Report – Courtney Norton
F. STEM Day Report – Mariah Price
G. OERB Day Report – Lucky Burney
H. Facility Report – Sean O’Brien
RENTAL SITE
ORGANIZATION
DATE
Harmon Stadium
Oklahoma Jaguars Track Club
Sat. June 6
Band Booster concession stand
Okmulgee High school Band
August - November
Okmulgee middle school
Transplant for Russell Williams
Sat. June 20
Harmon
Tribe - Creek Festival
June 19, 2015
Harmon
Tribe - Junior Olympics
June 26, 2015
PURPOSE OF TRIP
ORGANIZATION
DATE
Falls creek
Church
June 15th to June 20th
ACCOUNT
ORGANIZATION
ACTIVITY
819, 809, 816
Okmulgee Band
Various Band Fundraisers
Okmulgee Public Schools
4. Action Agenda – Individual items for discussion, consideration, and possible vote:
The Board may choose to take action on any item listed, including: motion to approve; motion to not approve; make a specific motion; take no action; table an item; or concur no action required, Members may second a motion, cast a vote, or abstain.
A. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve Procurement Plan & Code of Conduct for Child Nutrition for the 2015 - 2016 school year.
B. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve an increase in school lunch prices for FY16.
C. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve Service Contracts for FY16.
D. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve a quote from Jerry Hale Insurance / OSIG for insurance coverage for FY16.
E. Presentation by Scott Fettgetter and subsequent discussion regarding the honoring of past Bulldogs and the preservations of our school history.
F. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve an application to the State Department for Alternative Education for FY16 and an accompanying deregulation for that program.
G. Discussion, consideration and possible vote to approve Summer School Programs for June & July of 2015.
H. Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding approval of supplementary appropriation (Form 307) for FY15 as prepared by CPA Jack Jenkins.
I. Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding selection of engineering services for initial work on the Band Building project.
5. Discussion, consideration and vote to go into executive session, pursuant to OKLA. STAT. tit. 25 § 307(B)(1) & (B)(7) (Supp. 2002) for:
A. Discussion and vote by Board regarding coaching and other extra duty assignments for FY16:
B. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the resignations:
a. Debra Walker - certified
b. Tiffany Pollard - certified
c. Justin Laird - certified
d. Jim Bledsoe – support
e. Tammy Lowe – support
f. Gwen Whitmire – OES principal
C. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of certified staff for FY16:
a. Chantel Young – temporary contract
D. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of staff for summer school programs for June and July of 2015 (see list).
E. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of staff for summer work projects (see list).
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6. Return to Open Session and Board Clerk statement of compliance with the record keeping requirements of Executive Session.
7. Recommendations for consideration and vote:
A. Discussion and vote by Board regarding coaching and other extra duty assignments for FY16:
B. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the resignations:
a. Debra Walker - certified
b. Tiffany Pollard - certified
c. Justin Laird - certified
d. Jim Bledsoe – support
e. Tammy Lowe – support
f. Gwen Whitmire – OES principal
C. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of certified staff for FY16:
a. Chantel Young – temporary contract
D. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of staff for summer school programs for June and July of 2015 (see list).
E. Discussion and vote by Board regarding the employment of staff for summer work projects (see list).
8. NEW BUSINESS
9. ANNOUNCEMENTS
10. ADJOURNMENT

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Richard Hight, a Tulsa-based artist, came to Okmulgee Middle School on Wednesday, April 22, armed with 2 cheap bed sheets, 2 wood frames made of 1x4 lumber, two tackle boxes full of chalk and a message.

As the music began, Hight began work on an original art piece. Over the course of 10 minutes, the solid, plain bedsheets that were stretched across a frame came to life. Using a variety of colorful chalk pieces, the image of a bulldog emerged.

When the piece was complete, Richard Hight shared his story; how his art and passion for it were discovered in a junior high math class.
How his dyslexia and learning to make his way in the world, led him to follow his strengths and not focus on his weaknesses. How one must
Be responsible for their actions, even if they have not made the best of choices.

The two art pieces will be framed to hang in the newly expanded Okmulgee Middle School library.

This presentation was part of the Okmulgee Education Foundation’s commitment to cultural art experiences for all of the students of Okmulgee Public Schools.

For more information about Richard Hight, view his website at www.visualmpact.com.

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