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March 12, 2014

Board members approve hires, hear report

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward Board of Education members honored their newest winner of the Woodward Teacher of the Year Award Monica Hodgden at the meeting held Monday evening.

Hodgden is the 43rd winner of the contest since it began, according to contest sponsors Woodward News and Woodward Chamber of Commerce.

"Really, I just talked about what an honor is was to be named the best of the best by her peers," said Woodward Superintendent, Tim Merchant. "We are just really proud to have her representing us for the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year competition."

He made the comments in an interview on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Merchant covered the details regarding the coming teacher rally planned at the steps of the Oklahoma Capitol for Monday, March 31.

According to Merchant, a large contingency of teachers, parents, administrators, board members and community members are planning to take the bus down to the Capitol for the first rally of its kind for more than 25 years.

The plans are to bring the message of making keeping public education the priority in this state, Merchant said.

"And not just with funding but with the evidence of the legislator's decisions that are aimed at protecting public schools," Merchant said.

Board members decided the snow day the schools against lost on March 3 will be made up on April 11.

The board also voted to fill several positions, including one for the 2014-2015 school year, Merchant said.

Hired were; Rachel Butler -special education; Morgan Plummer - middle school English teacher; Patricia Pribble, custodian and Martha Feerer  - secretary at the middle school.

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