School board expected to accept Currier resignation

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday and among other business is expected to accept the resignation of board member and former president Ernie Currier.

Currier, a former Enid mayor and Citizen of the Year, resigned his position as senior vice president of commercial lending at Security National Bank amid a police investigation on Sept. 5.

Enid Police Department has not commented on the nature of that ongoing investigation.

On Sept. 7 EPS Executive Director of Human Resources and Communications Amber Graham Fitzgerald said the district was aware of the allegations against Currier, but added “Although the matter is still under investigation, we know the concerns are not related to school business or his service as a board of education member.”

Fitzgerald told the News & Eagle on Friday EPS had received a resignation from Currier, and said the board is expected to accept the resignation during its Monday meeting.

Fitzgerald said the board likely would declare the seat vacant and “begin the search and appointment process for a board new member, as allowed by state law.”

In other business, the board is expected to receive an update from MA+ Architects and review plans for a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned $23.4 competition gymnasium and fine arts center.

The $13.7 million competition gymnasium and $9.7 million fine arts center are the largest projects funded by $92.8 million in bond issues approved last February by district voters for improvements, renovations, transportation upgrades and new construction.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 15, according to the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

The board also will consider hiring to fill eight certified positions for this academic year:

• Certified temporary retiree contracts: Barbara Banta, Title I reading and mathematics; Donna Bunch, girls’ athletic director; Terri Galer, special education; Charlotte Lieser, Title I reading; Joan McIntyre, director of health services; Joy Minton, counselor.

• Certified temporary contract, second year: Diana Haslett, technology.

• Certified temporary contract, first year: Katherine Byrd, English.

The board also will be formally notified of three certified staff resignations: Allison Goar, English; Madison Gibson, elementary; and Brian Norton, JROTC.

EPS Chief Financial Officer Karl White also will announce his planned retirement, according to the agenda. The agenda item states White’s retirement would be effective June 30, 2018, the last day of the current fiscal year.

The EPS Board of Education meets in the Administrative Services Center boardroom at 500 S. Independence.

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Neal is education and health reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at jneal@enidnews.com.

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