Ernie Currier brought Monday evening’s Enid Public Schools Board of Education meeting to order with sharp rap of the gavel.
“I’m a little more forceful than Molly — at least with the gavel,” Currier quipped.
Currier has served as Enid city commissioner, Enid mayor and chairman of the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce board, along with being a member of the NWOSU/NOC Advisory Board, the Vance Development Authority and the Autry Foundation board.
Molly Helm, formerly board president, and Cheryl Patterson, formerly vice president, both resigned Monday. Helm was not present, having submitted her resignation in advance because her sister has been offered a teaching position.
Patterson has been appointed Garfield County Election Board Secretary. State law prohibits each of them from serving on the school board following those events.
Board members voted Currier president and Kyle Whitehead vice president. The search for two new board members soon will begin.
Henson Construction, Enid, was awarded the bid for renovation work on Carver Early Childhood Center. Henson’s bid for the work was $257,212. Six classrooms will be redone.
“Each classroom will have a different color, and each child will have a T-shirt in a color that matches their room,” said Karl White, chief financial officer for EPS.
In other business, board members approved a long list of routine contracts and appointments for the upcoming school year, including:
• Transfers among funds and a contract with Blunck Studios for school photography services for Adams Elementary School.
• General fund encumbrances of $91,954; general fund change orders totaling $180,172; building fund encumbrances of $38,612; municipal tax levy fund encumbrances of $194,698; 2010 building bond fund encumbrances of $31,268; endowment fund encumbrances for FY2014 of $2,500; general fund encumbrances for FY2015 of $7,850,926; and building fund encumbrances for FY2015 of $80,103.
• The district financial report.
• Designation of employees as authorized representatives for several federal and state grant programs.
• An out-of-state trip for the Enid High School volleyball team.
• Appointment of Pamela Buckminster as school district treasurer and Lynette Rice as assistant school district treasure.
• Appointment of custodians of several activity funds, including Buckminster, Jim Beierschmitt and Kathie Willey as custodians of the Enid High School activity fund; Buckminster, Candice Wojciechowsky and Willey as custodians of the Emerson Middle School activity fund; Buckminster, Scott Fitzgerald and Kathie Willey as custodians of the Longfellow Middle School activity fund; Buckminster, Adam Beauchamp and Willey as custodians of the Waller Middle School activity fund; and Buckminster and Willey as custodians of the Enid elementary school activity fund.
• Opting to use the 1080-hour option for the 2014-2015 school year calendar and notifying the State Department of Education of the district’s plan to use that option.
• Several multi-year agreements, including a jurisdictional agreement among the city of Enid, Enid Police Department, and Enid Public School Campus Police Department; lease purchase and service agreements with Copiers Plus/De Lage Landen Financial Services; and an Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System non-terminal user agreement with Enid Police Department.
• A memorandum of agreement among Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, EPS, CDSA, and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma National Center for Disability Education and Training for Project SEARCH.
• Outsourcing several services, including Alvarado Quality Services for lawn mowing and trimming services on district properties; city of Enid to provide collection and removal of refuse, trash, garbage, and waste materials from Enid Public Schools; Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administrators for legal consultation, document review and specialized legal training services provided through CCOSA staff counsel; Sylvia Earhart to provide certified interpreter for the deaf services; Enid Counseling and Diagnostic Center for individual, group and family counseling services and psychological and education evaluation services for Enid Public School student referrals.
Also, Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing Center for speech and language evaluations and therapy services provided to Enid Public School students; Metcalf Land and Lawn for fertilizer and weed control services provided on Enid Public School properties; Michelle Powell to provide certified occupational therapy assistant services as a private contractor; Providence Working Canines to provide contraband detection and deterrence service on Enid Public School campuses; Julie Thibodeau to provide instructional services to visually impaired Enid Public School students as a private contractor; Deborah Trout to provide orientation and mobility services for Enid Public School visually impaired students.
Also, TRC Disaster Services to provide guaranteed emergency response services to Enid Public Schools; Youth and Family Services to provide professional counseling services as requested by Enid Public Schools; University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Child Study Center to provide evaluation and consultation services to Enid Public School students; and Sherry Thain to provide speech/language therapy services to Enid Public School students as a private contractor.
• EPS providing education services to residents of Integris Bass Behavioral Health Meadowlake facility; Garfield County Juvenile Detention Center; Liberty of Oklahoma Corporation for services for school-aged residents of the Robert M. Greer Center; and Sequoyah Enterprises of Enid for services to residents at the Sequoyah home.
• Contracts to conduct school activities in Enid Event Center; Greenbrier Nursing Home; Methodist Nursing Home of Enid; and Denny Price Family YMCA.
• Contracts for specialized musical and artistic instructional services with Kaci Cisco, color guard; Brett Fleming, percussion; Stuart Langsam, percussion; Christopher Scherer, percussion; and Carolyn Rowe, clerical assistance;.
• Increased the price of adult meals at elementary and middle schools by 25 cents. Adult lunches now will be $3.25 in elementary schools and $3.50 at middle schools.
Board members changed the date of the next regular meeting from Aug. 18 to Aug. 25, then adjourned for executive session to discuss personnel matters.