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May 2, 2013

School board meeting planned

Woodward, Okla. — The Woodward Public Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight (May 2) at 6 p.m. in the first floor Videoconferencing Room in the district administration building at 10th St. and Main St.

As part of the special meeting the school board is slated to act on personnel matters including action on the May 2nd District Personnel Report.  The board will also meet in executive session to discuss and then return to open session to vote on the reemployment of district administrators, directors, coordinators and certified staff for the 2013-20144 school year.

In other business the school board will address the school calendar for 2013-2014.  The calendar was tabled at the school board's April 8 meeting after Superintendent Tim Merchant explained that the local teacher's union, the Woodward Education Association (WEA), had some issues with the district's proposal to adjust the length of each school day.

Merchant explained that as part of the teachers' negotiated contracts, they are not to work longer than 7.5 hours a day, which the teachers' union believes should include the lunch hour.  The superintendent said he did not agree and would have to meet with representatives from the WEA before being able to finalize how long the school days would be and thus finalize the school calendar.

He is expected to provide the school board with an update on his discussions with the WEA representatives tonight, prior to the board's vote on the 2013-2014 calendar.

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