NORMAN — Newly elected Norman Public Schools Board of Education member Chad Vice took his oath of office for Office Seat 4 at a regular school board meeting Monday night.
Vice is managing partner of operations at Havenbrook Funeral Home and has two children in Norman Public Schools. Vice said he is passionate about education and was excited to get started at his first board meeting.
The school board also reorganized and elected Linda Sexton to serve as president for a one-year term and until a successor is elected and qualified. Julie Raadschelders was selected to serve as vice president for a one-year term and until a successor is elected and qualified.
Additionally, the board approved the election of clerk of the board, deputy clerk of the board, deputy minute clerk, encumbrance clerk, deputy encumbrance clerk, treasurer and deputy treasurer.
The board approved several agenda items, including: certification of the vote of the bond issue election Feb. 11; awarding the $28,780,000 general obligation combined purpose bonds, series 2014, to the lowest and best bidder; and acting upon a resolution authorizing the sale of a portion of the school district’s bonds for $2,000, which fixed a time, March 24, for bids to be accepted.
In an overview about the 2014 bond issue, Dr. Roger Brown, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said the district would request qualifications and get moving on interviews and recommend a list of architects to the school board so some projects could begin this summer.
Brown said his goal was to have a list of recommended architects to the board by the first of May.
“With the three-year deadline, it’s very important we use this summer to get started,” he said. “Things like HVAC, roofing projects and parking lots could be worked on so that the community sees results right away.”
The board also recognized students, teachers and community members for awards.
Award winners included Christopher Brooks, William Long, Ohvia Muraleetharan, Madison Robertson, Lucas Schuermann, Reed Shafer Ray and Spencer Yue, who are candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; Long, Muraleetharan, Steve Zhang and Stephen Thung for the 2013 National AP Scholar Award; and Long for his AP International Scholar award, which he qualified for after taking 12 AP exams and receiving three scores of 4 and nine scores of 5.
The board also recognized Norman North Distributive Education Clubs of America for its win of multiple awards at a recent DECA State Career Development Conference. Matthew Welborn was honored for being named Kiwanis Club Sophomore of the Year for the Oklahoma City area. Welborn also was selected as outstanding student for the Oklahoma and Texas region, which Norman North Principal Bryan Young said had never happened before in the district.
Athletic awards also were recognized, and the board applauded Matt Hockett, Cade Parker and Payton Prince for their All State Football awards. Caroline Lawson, Reiley Menzie and Shelby Miller were recognized for being selected for the Oklahoma State Dance Team Director’s Association.
Ben Barrett was recognized for his 2013-14 Gatorade Oklahoma Boy Cross Country award, and Justin Wu was recognized for his 2013 USA Swimming Scholastic All American award.
Additionally, the board recognized Kathy Bayliss, Lincoln Elementary School teacher, for being named AMBUCS Special Education Teacher of the Year.
Sgt. Bob Moore, from the Norman Police Department, was recognized for his work in creating “My Body ... My Life ...” 20 years ago. The program focuses on empowering women through awareness, education, violence prevention and self-defense.
Lastly, the board was presented information about Senate Bill 559 and exemptions from End of Instruction tests. SB 559 was legislated last spring with the intent of reducing the number of EOI tests high school students must take. The bill will go into effect this year.
Beth Spears, director of staff development and student achievement, and Dr. Shirley Simmons, assistant superintendent of educational services, said the district was working to make the transition smoothly. Students who have 10 percent above cut scores in either the ACT, SAT, ACT Plan or PSAT may be exempt from EOI exams in the subject areas of Algebra II, Geometry, English III or U.S. History.
Spears and Simmons said at Norman High, 78 were exempt from Algebra II, 68 were exempt Geometry and 232 were exempt from English II. At Norman North, 91 were exempt from Algebra II, 94 were exempt from Geometry and 268 were exempt from English III. No students from either high school were exempt from U.S. History because the AP exams to qualify for exemption are typically given after EOI exams.
Although many students are exempt for EOI exams, Spears and Simmons said the district notified parents, in case parents still wanted their children to take EOI exams.
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