Woodward, Okla. —
Once Bowers and Rogers finished with their presentation, the HPTC board got down to business and moved quickly through the action items on their agenda.
Foregoing a scheduled executive session, the board jumped directly to a vote approving the hiring of Terry Groce and Pam Kline as bus drivers and Art Nine for part-time maintenance.
They then approved a resolution calling for the annual school election to be held on Feb. 11, 2014 to elect a board member for Zone 2, which is the seat currently held by Bradley.
The board also adopted a new Emergency Operations Plan.
Hughes explained that previously the HPTC board was asked to approve separate emergency plans for different situations.
"Before we might have had a tornado plan or an intruder plan," he said. "But this pulls that all into one comprehensive plan instead of a bunch of separate little plans."
By consolidating all the emergency procedures into one plan, Hughes said, "it makes it easier to follow."
"This new plan lays out what each area is responsible for in case of an emergency and spells out the whole emergency plan," he said.
In other business, the HPTC board addressed routine financial items including the October monthly Activity Fund and treasurer's reports.
Also in financial matters, the board approved FY14 General Fund encumbrances in the amount of $93,742.40, which included nearly $40,000 in expenses for repairs after a significant portion of the facility was flooded back in September. Hughes said the flood related expenses should eventually be reimbursed by the school's insurance.
In a brief update to the board as part of his superintendent's report, Hughes said that construction on the school's new Energy Training Center is about 60 percent complete.
He also shared how the school is already putting it's new activity bus to good use and passed around a photo showing how the bus' exterior was wrapped with a design featuring the HPTC logo. Hughes said that on Tuesday morning the bus would be "making its third trip" since the vehicle was purchased back in August. He said Tuesday's trip was to take HPTC nursing students to attend a State Board of Nursing hearing in Oklahoma City.