The board also discussed and passed a resolution authored by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association requesting two more years to implement the state’s Teacher Leader Evaluation reform.
“We believe in this reform effort, and I want to make very clear that we feel the adoption of the TLE is a positive step forward and will make a difference in our classrooms,” Superintendent Joe Siano said.
“We have a point of disagreement, and I will always say any reform is only as good as the effectiveness of implementation. It is a belief of educators across the state that TLE needs a little more time for implementation than is currently expected,” Siano said. “We’re asking in this resolution to be adopted by the board for two-year delay.
“We believe that for the quantitative piece to be fair and understood by teachers, and for the equitable treatment of teachers on the assessment side of this evaluation, we need more time to implement this reform.”
Additional items addressed: Assistant Superintendent Shirley Simmons made a presentation on the new Third-Grade Retention Law, and NPS Health Services Coordinator Cindi Miller presented a district Health Services Report.
Gay Smith, of Madison Elementary School, was named AMBUCS Special Education teacher of the year.
The following Sodexo personnel were recognized for outstanding service during the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year:
Child Nutrition Employees of the Month were:
· September — Delores Proctoe, Norman High School
· October: Gary Wullich, Driver
· November — Sharon Cryer, Longfellow Middle School
· December — Lucretia Bradley, Carolyn Byrd, Rosina Faught and Tosha Johnson, Reagan Elementary Crew
Custodial Associates of the Month were:
· September — Lacy Hill and John Shea
· October — Larry Young and James Hendrickson
· November — Bea Martinez and William Bardgett
· December — Aguada Barrios and Shane Combs
· January (2013) — Robert Espinoza and Robert Decker