SPS Board Highlights

Feb. 1, 2021

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Horace Mann 4th grader Claud Hall (right) led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Shawnee Public Schools Board of Education meeting. He is joined by Horace Mann Teacher of the Year candidate Sandra Bradley.

Board Recognizes Houston's Announced Retirement

Board members invited Brent Houston, assistant superintendent, to say a few words about his upcoming retirement at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Houston said he is looking foward to spending time with family and traveling in the future. He also said he is proud of his profession and the people with whom he has worked at SPS.

Superintendent's Report

During her board report, Dr. April Grace congratulated Shawnee High School Wrestling for winning the Chickasha High School Classic this weekend. She also commended the SHS Girls and Boys Swim Teams for winning the Suburban Conference Championship and Runner-up, respectively. She also explained that some baskets and items given to each board member were in honor of the recently ended Board Appreciation Month. The items included notes of thanks from each school site for the board members' service to the district.

Dr. Grace also gave time to Dr. Teresa Wilkerson, assistant superintendent, who presented information on the various ways SPS students are attending school in 2020-2021. In the first semester, approximately 23% of SPS students attended school in some type of virtual capacity. In the current semester, that percentage has changed to about 19%.

Board Reports

First Vice President Larry Walker acknowledged an SPS employee, Kelsey Grovey, who was recently inducted into the Shawnee Basketball Hall of Fame.

Board Member Bobby Canty commented on a basketball event the district hosted and wanted to commend Athletic Director Todd Boyer and Assistant Athletic Director Ron Arthur on a job well done.

Board Clerk April Stobbe announced that it is currently National Counselors Week and commended all SPS school counselors for their work. She also mentioned that February is Black History Month and Pottawatomie County Historical Society has published some photos from the 1950s of the Dunbar School.

Board Decisions

The Board approved the following during the meeting:

  • all consent docket items;
  • a Resolution for Schools and Libraries Universal Services (E-RATE) for 2021-22;
  • the purchase of three buses through CARES II funds; and
  • all personnel items as presented.

Board Agendas Available Via Public Link

Current Shawnee Public Schools Board of Education meeting agendas and minutes are available at our public link. Board meetings are usually scheduled for the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Board Room located at the SPS Central Office, 326 N. Union.