The Woodward News

October 16, 2013

Technology, transportation up first after bond passage

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Monday evening, in what he termed as a "celebratory meeting", of the Woodward Board of Education, Woodward School Superintendent Tim Merchant thanked the public for their support in passing, by an 80 percent margin, the Woodward School Bond initiative.

"We are proud from a school standpoint but more proud from the standpoint of our children," he said. "And we are adding a proclamation of thanks to our voters who have supported our children in this community."

According to Merchant, when he issued his Superintendent's report Monday evening, it will be 60 days before the district will have any money to begin projects related to the bond issue.

"Of course, the quickest things we can begin working on will be the transportation and technology goals," he said. "It could be 90 days before we start taking bids on construction."

Deputy Superintendent Kyle Reynolds presented his action plan for a preemptive strategy that will allow the school's IT department to prepare for the addition of hundreds of computer devises.

That strategy includes first making sure the IT help desk has the needed technology to allow them to quickly and efficiently address computer problems district wide, Reynolds said.

A new software called Web Help Desk has allowed district computer users to log onto the system and report a computer problem.

"It's about accountability," Reynolds said. "This way we can communicate back and forth and it streamlines the process and makes sure that if there is a computer issue, that it gets taken care of and that there are not things falling through the cracks."

Indeed, since Sept. 2nd, 165 trouble tickets have been resolved, Reynolds said.

"It's just a little thing to make sure we are taking care of business," Reynolds said "Because this time next year, there will be a lot more to do."

The board also approved an annual resolution that calls for an election to elect a board member to Board Office No. four, which has a five year term of office. The seat is currently occupied by board member Doris Ames.

Those who are qualified and who are interested in running for the seat may file to run as a candidate for the seat at the Woodward County Election Board between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, 2013.

The board also approved the closure of three voting precincts because they are split and have fewer than 100 voters. Closed were Precincts 303, 203 and 105, according to the board members.

In other business, the board hired nine employees to the district, including:

Austin Clark-bus driver; Sara Hixon-child nutrition secretary; Vicki Railey-ECC cafeteria worker; Carrie Flewelling-ECC cafeteria worker; Rudy Guerrero-Horrace Mann custodian; Reagan Benton-Middle School special ed paraprofessional; Krystan Pierce-BKC worker; Irma Boldes-BKC worker; Cathy Phillips-district payroll clerk.