It was a full house at the Jan. 13 Madill Public Schools Board of Education meeting as both students and board members were honored. Four of the five board members were present for the meeting. They were: Mark Glenn, Mike Mathis, Clay Savage and Shannon Williams. The board’s fifth member, Jeff Landgraf was absent. The board members were recoginzed for their years of service. MPS superintendent Larry Case read a statement reconizing the board which is as follows. “The month of January marks the annual observation of School Board Recognition Month-a time to salute the important role and dedication of board members in their volunteer work and celebrate public education. In Madill Public Schools, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $15 million, 1800 students, and 215 employees. They carry out the truest form of representative government in our democracy --- volunteer public service --- and they preserve the core of our democratic land, public education. We don’t always recognize the dedication and hard work of these public servants elected to represent us and the interest of our children. Invite them out for coffee. Ask how you might help support your local neighborhood schools. Write your school board members a thank you card. Let them know you appreciate what they do for the kids in Madill Public Schools. The men and women serving Madill Public Schools and their years of service are: President: Mr. Mike Mathis, Elected, Feb. 10, 2015, 5 years. Vice President: Mr. Clay Savage Elected, Feb. 11, 2014, 6 years Clerk: Dr. Mark Glenn, Elected, Feb. 14, 2017 3 years Vice Clerk: Mrs. Shannon Williams Elected, Feb. 13, 2018 2 years Member: Mr. Jeff Landgraf Appointed, May 14, 2018, 2 Years The students receiving recognition being student of the month in their respective grades were as follows: ECC: KG: Jaylah Aldaba & Gunner Willis 1st grade: Morrigan Drockton & Diego Perez MES: 2nd grade: Evelyne Padron & Brock McGee 3rd grade: Samantha Ortiz & Colt Ayers 4th grade: Ava Savage & Juan Narvaez 5th grade: Alondra González & Jaxon Diaz MMS:
6th grade: Yasmin Aldava & Vicente Buenrostro
7th grade: Osvaldo Salazar & Alexandra Ortiz (not pictured)
8th grade: Jesse Barker (not pictured) & Grace Hartin
MHS: Myrissa Bowermaster & EJ Holliday
The meeting itself
After the recognitions, the meeting carried on as normal with Mathis, the board president leading the way.
The fifth agenda item, the consent agenda was approved by a 4-0 vote. The motion to approve was and seconded by Glenn.
Then, the meetings moved to the administrative reports.
First, was the Superintendent’s report by Case. He discussed the progress of the Fine Arts Center.
“You can tell by driving by that its almost done,” Case said. “This time of year we’re already talking about what to do next. We have a lot going on. We’re gonna be there in the fall.”
MHS principal Jason Ward provided the high school report. He said report cards are going out this week. He said there was a scheduling snafu related to this week’s basketball games and wrestiling meet.
Case said next week is basketball homecoming.
Ward said his staff is getting back into the swings of things now that school has resumed for the spring semester.
Then, the middle school report was presented by MMS principal Gaylynn Pierce.
She shared a short story about a class that received a visit from Oklahoma City Thunder mascot, Rumble, and two of the Thunder Girls earlier that day.
“They were the winner for December,” she said. “They got $5,000 worth of technology and a pair of new Nike shoes.
One teacher said one student its been so long since they got a new pair of shoes. She said Rumble and some of the Thunder cheerleaders came down to visit the kids.
Case said the grant was through Oklahoma City.
Pierce said report cards are going out on Jan. 14 and the academic team will be going to Coalgate to compete.
Madill Elementary School principal Kristi Birdsong reported that two teachers are going to a social studies caravan. She fifth grade DARE winners will be going to lunch with Madill Police Chief Donald Yow.
Elissa Cox, principal of the Madill Early Childhood Center said reports are also going out this week and mid-year reading testing begins next week.
The board reviewed a series of policies from the OSBA that were later approved during the meeting. However, one of the OSBA policies regarding social media was not used, according to Case.
“I was not enamored by their social media policy,” he said. “Miss Cox gave me a copy of the Tulsa Union social media policy. We were supposed to have one.”
A motion was made by Glenn to approved the new policies including the social media policy based the one used by Tulsa Union Public Schools. Savage seconded the motion and it passed by a 4-0 margin.
The board then accepted the resignation of Jesse Holt, a part time cusodian for the elementary school. Case said Holt has moved to the city. The superintendent added that this is the second custodian they’ve lost and he’s looking into a plan to stablize the position.
Williams made a motion to approve Holt’s resignation. Her motion was seconded by Glenn. The motion was approved unanimously.
The next item was approval of moving an IT support technician to a full-time status. The employee, Joshua Onstott, was previously employed on a trial basis.
Onstott is assisting the district’s IT director, Case said. Glenn made a motion to approve the hire and Savage seconded it.
Lastly, the board considered an addendum to Case’s contract as superintendent.
Mathis said the addendum would give the superintendent a four percent increase in salary in lieu of benefits in the amount of cost of medical insurance.
Mathis made the motion to approve the addendum, which Williams seconded. It passed by a vote of 4-0. The meeting adjourned at 6:32 p.m.