The Woodward News

November 6, 2012

School board meeting moved up

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — The Woodward Board of Education will be meeting early this month.

While the school board normally meets on the second Monday of each month, the regular meeting scheduled for Nov. 12 has been cancelled because Superintendent Tim Merchant would not be able to attend.

Instead, a special school board meeting will be held this Wednesday at 9 a.m. to address the items that were scheduled for discussion during the original meeting.

This will include reports by High School Principal Kirk Warnick and Middle School Principal Frank Harrington on the annual accounting of dropouts and college remediation rates for Woodward students.

Susan Viles is also slated to make a report on the Reading Sufficiency Act Plan prior to a vote by the board on the Woodward district's reading sufficiency plan for the 2012-2013 school year.

"That's a yearly plan that's required of us by Congress to set forth a reading sufficiency plan for kindergarten through first grade, we're just revising and upgrading it," Merchant said.

Also on the agenda are the approval of field trips for both Cedar Heights and Horace Mann.

"Both schools are requesting a field trip to the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum. It's just required of all schools to request a field trip prior to taking it," explained Merchant.

The board will also look at approving additional high school fundraisers.

"The 3 organizations inquiring about fundraisers from the high school are Key Club, band, and FFA," said Merchant.

Also up for consideration at the meeting are routine adjustments to the budget as well as the hiring of several new school employees, as follows:

• a school nurse (no location listed on agenda)

• custodians for Highland Park, Cedar Heights, and Middle School

• district payroll clerk

• special education paraprofessionals for the ECC and Middle School

• Middle School counselor

• and 2 workers for Boomer Kids Club.