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OKmulgee 4th grade nutcrackerMost kids by the time they leave elementary school have been to see "The Nutcracker," one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all. But not a lot of them have actually performed it.

The fourth grade students at Okmulgee Elementary School will get that chance when they put on "The Nutcracker" tonight, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clell Warriner Auditorium at Okmulgee High School.  It will include music and a stage performance that so many have come to expect from the holiday classic.

The Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960's and is now performed in front of countless audiences, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S.

Okmulgee Nutcracker

The Production will be Rescheduled due to weather!!!

We will keep you posted on the New Date!

 

Okmulgee Elementary School (OES) Honor Choir and Okmulgee Middle School (OMS) choirs will have a concert in the Okmulgee High School auditorium.

The OES fourth grade will present "The Nutcracker" musical o in OHS auditorium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGULAR MEETING

OKMULGEE BOARD OF EDUCATION

December 9, 2013
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
316 E. 8TH STREET
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 November 11, 2013, Special Meeting and November 11, 2013, Regular Meeting.

B. Consideration of monthly encumbrances /expenditures as listed:

1. General Fund (F11);
Purchase Orders: # 567 - 623
Payroll: # 50250 - 50253
Change Orders: As listed

2. Building Fund (F21);
Purchase Orders: # 44 - 47
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None

3. Child Nutrition Fund (F22);
Purchase Orders: # 55
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None

4. Bond Fund (F31);
Purchase Orders: None
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None

5. Bond Fund (F32);
Purchase Orders: # 11 - 16
Payroll: None
Change Orders: As listed

6. Sinking Fund (F41);
Purchase Orders: None
Payroll: None
Change Orders: None

C. Consideration of School Rental Requests as listed:
RENTAL SITE ORGANIZATION DATE

None

D. Consideration of fundraising activities for FY14.

ACCOUNT ORGANIZATION ACTIVITY
819 OHS Winter Guard Scentsy Candles
885 Okmulgee Primary Teacher Incentitives

3. REPORTS:

A. Superintendent's Report -– Tod Williams
B. Special Ed Report – Margie Bemis
C. Site Report – Jeremy Ramsey

4. Petition to Opine – Input from the Public regarding any item on the agenda:

Input or comments on matters that would violate individual rights or confidentiality requirements are prohibited. Individuals will be limited to 3 minutes and must sign up prior to the start of the meeting. There will be no comment or response from the Board.

5. 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. Presentation of Audit for FY13 by School Auditor Jack Jenkins. Vote to approve or not approve School Audit as submitted.

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

A. Employment of Certified Staff for 2013-2014 school year on temporary contract:
a. Lisa Myers – OPS Kindergarten Teacher
b. Joyce Brown – OES Teacher
c. Any others at hand

B. Employment of Support Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a. Peter Koen – Bus Driver
b. Jessica Taylor – Indian Ed. Tutor
c. Any others at hand

C. Employment of Extra-Duty Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a. Brittany Randall – Winter Guard
b. Allen Webb – Web Jockey – remainder of school year
c. Any others at hand

D. Employment of Substitute Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a. Jennifer Colwill

E. Resignations of staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a. Thomas Burney – OPS Web Jockey only
b. Any others at hand

7. Vote to acknowledge return to Open Session.

8. Board Clerk statement of compliance with the record keeping requirements of executive session.

9. Recommendations for consideration and vote:

A. Employment of Certified Staff for 2013-2014 school year on temporary contract:
a. Lisa Myers – OPS Kindergarten Teacher
b. Joyce Brown – OES Teacher
c. Any others at hand

B. Employment of Support Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a. Peter Koen – Bus Driver
b. Jessica Taylor – Indian Ed. Tutor
c. Any others at hand

C. Employment of Extra-Duty Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a. Brittany Randall – Winter Guard
b. Allen Webb – Web Jockey – remainder of school year
c. Any others at hand

D. Employment of Substitute Staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a. Jennifer Colwill

E. Resignations of staff for 2013-2014 school year:
a. Thomas Burney – OPS Web Jockey only
b. Any others at hand

10. NEW BUSINESS

11. ANNOUNCEMENTS

12.ADJOURNMENT

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The annual Winter concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Beggs Event Center.

There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.

Performing groups include: Beginning band, MS Honor and Advanced band, High School Vocal ensemble, High School band, and High School Jazz band. Please join us to hear and support our talented band students.

Personalized Brick Fundraiser for Beggs cheer squadsThe Beggs Middle School and Beggs High School cheer squads are having a fundraiser for personalized bricks.

Each purchased paver will be a part of a walkway from the sidewalk to the State Championship displays at the Beggs Golden Demon Stadium and Track.

The sale will end Dec. 19. You can make your mark! Please see the order form here: Beggs Brick Program If you have questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jaylan Mayfield receives top honor of the "Bob Thomason Award" - Photos by Valerie Rice ONN

The Okmulgee Junior Football Association held their Awards Banquet Saturday night. A large crowd was in attendance in the Okmulgee Middle School cafeteria. Special Guest speakers were Mayor Steven Baldridge, Sheriff Eddy Rice and WBU World Champion Lightweight boxer Noah Zuhdi.

"About 40 years ago, I was sitting at a Jr. League awards banquet right here in Okmulgee, It brings back a lot of memories for me," said Mayor Baldridge.

Baldridge thanked all those involved for keeping the Jr. League going, "I know it is a great undertaking and I know you put in countless hours to invest in these young men and women's lives."

Football is more than a game, it is about life lessons.  We must realize these are our leaders of tomorrow and as a community we must invest in our leaders, so that they will lead us when we are older."  

"Football teaches teamwork, sometimes we think we are strong and can do things on our own, but we can't, we have to do things as a team in life. It also teaches discipline and perseverance.  It test your willingness to succeed.  Working as hard on your education is just as important as playing the game.  Work hard in both, each will make you a success,"Baldridge said.

Bo Gibbs “Hands of War”, Okmulgee Mayor Steven Baldridge and World Champion LW Boxer Noah Zuhdi.

Other special guests present were Bo Gibbs “Hands of War” North American Midwest Association (NAMA) Champion Boxer, Ronnie Warrior Sr. President of NAMA and Mark Hammon Vice President NAMA.

Plenty of awards were dole out all evening long to the Fourth through Sixth grade football players and cheerleaders along with football moms, teachers, volunteers and coaches. Special honorary OJF awards were given to these football players:

The Dewey McClain Hard Hitter Award 4th grader Wyatt Nail (Who also received his teams Player of the Year)

Buddy Brick Award 4th grader Dewayne Parks (right - Ronnie Warrior Sr)

Improved Confidence “Coach Cookie” Award Garret McElroy

...and Bob Thomason Award 6th grader Jaylan Mayfield. A special football was given to coach Collin by his team, signed by all players.



Top Fund Raising Sales awards went to: First place Garret McElroy, Second place Bailey McElroy and Third place Gracie Thrailkill.

(Photos by Valerie Rice - ONN)

SPECIAL MEETING
OKMULGEE BOARD OF EDUCATION
November 26, 2013

As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of Independent School District No. 1, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, will hold a SPECIAL meeting on the 26th day of November, 2013, at 2:30 o'clock pm, at the John Barksdale Board Room, Administration Building, Okmulgee Public Schools, 316 East Eighth St., Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

1. Roll Call and Declaration of Quorum-

2. Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding a proposed agreement between the Okmulgee School District and CyberLearning, Inc. and its affiliates, to provide services to establish a QZAB academy with Okmulgee Public Schools, contingent upon receiving approval from the State Department of Education for the QZAB program.

3. Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding a recent submission to the State Department of Education making application for a QZAB program at Okmulgee Public Schools.

4. Discussion, consideration, and vote approving GreenWorld Finance, LLC as an appropriate option for establishing the servicing of QZAB bonds, along with a directive to the Superintendent to investigate local banking options for the servicing of the QZAB program in addition to GreenWorld Finance, with authority to make a selection of available options and to execute any appropriate documents to establish such a relationship.

5. Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding a proposal submitted by Lighting ,Inc of Tulsa to provide Energy Efficient lighting upgrades in conjunction with the PSO Rebate program for Okmulgee Schools.
6. Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding approval of participation in the PSO Lighting Rebate program.

7. Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding a proposal submitted by Lighting ,Inc of Tulsa to upgrade exterior lighting at the High School campus.

8. Adjournment

Okmulgee Middle School held their groundbreaking for the new Library Expansion Project.  The construction is estimated to take around 160 days to complete hopefully around March of 2014.

Okmulgee Superintendent of Schools Tod Williams said that the project will more than double the space of the library.

"This will allow more room for tables and chairs so that students can utilize what we have in the library.  Right now they are pretty cramped," said Williams.

"Technology is big in our schools...not only have we upgraded computers, we have added smart boards to almost all classrooms at every site," Williams said.  (See video below for more details in an interview with Williams)

The cost of the expansion is $326,500 and is being paid for by a School Bond that passed 2 years ago.

School Board members Rocky Lee, Mike James, Mark Tuggle & Rod Wiemer along with Superintendent Tod Williams, Architect David Wong, OMS Principal Kelly Berry & Literacy Leader Linda Brydges were at today's Groundbreaking.

Librarians from all four of Okmulgee's school sites were on hand to join in the celebration.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer


OSU formalizes articulation between campuses allowing students to ‘Finish Orange’

In an effort to make getting a degree from Oklahoma State University simpler, OSU Institute of Technology President Bill R. Path hosted OSU System President Burns Hargis and OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett Monday to sign an articulation agreement between the three campuses as part of the Finish Orange initiative.

OSUIT students who earn an Associate in Science degree are now guaranteed an easy transfer to a four-year program at either campus.

Hargis said all three institutions are unified in their efforts to provide students with the best opportunities to earn a degree from OSU.

“It’s incumbent upon us to remove barriers to higher education, making college completion simpler,” he said.

“Together we have developed agreements aligning coursework so students will know what credits will be accepted and applied to their degree programs at OSU in Stillwater or Tulsa,” said Path.

In Oklahoma, approximately 42 percent of high school graduates still require remediation in order to be ready for college courses.

“Some students who wish to earn a degree at OSU may not yet be eligible for admission at the Stillwater campus. If we want our students to ‘Finish Orange’ we must provide them with avenues to start orange,” he said. “With our applied learning methods and low faculty to student ratio, OSUIT can provide a solid foundation necessary for students to seamlessly transition from Okmulgee to Stillwater or Tulsa.”

Even if a student hasn’t completed an associate degree, he or she can still utilize the credits they have earned at OSUIT and apply them toward a bachelor’s degree. The same is true for students who have earned college credit at the Stillwater or Tulsa campus who want to pursue a degree from OSUIT.

For OSU-Tulsa, which provides classes and credit for a master’s degree or the last half of a bachelor’s degree, an articulation agreement with OSUIT makes perfect sense, Barnett said.

“I think a lot of people wonder why this wasn’t done years ago,” he said, adding that he appreciates all the hard work it takes to align courses between campuses so transitions are as seamless as possible for students.

The articulation agreement doesn’t just benefit the OSU system. The higher number of completed college degrees means a workforce qualified for better, higher paying jobs in the state.

“Finish Orange offers students greater opportunities to create their own path within the OSU family,” Path said. “We celebrate that today and hope to forge successful strategies going forward to ensure higher levels of degree completion in Oklahoma.”

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