SPS Board Highlights

Oct. 5, 2020

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Kindergartener Isaac Wilson led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Shawnee Board of Education meeting.

Superintendent's Report

During her board report, Dr. April Grace made the following announcements:



    • The football team came away with a win during their Homecoming game last Friday night. The team is now 2-2 and 2-0 in districts. They play at Tulsa Rogers this Friday.

    • Band seniors Alethea Anderson and Zach Pennington were Homecoming queen and king.

    • At the Tulsa Junior Livestock Show, FFA’s Eva Webb’s Angus Heifer placed 7th in the class, and Isabel Webb’s Charolais Heifer placed 2nd in the class and was Division Reserve Champion

    • SHS Softball is District 6A-3 champions. Shawnee will host the Regional Tournament Oct. 8-9. Shawnee plays at 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursday. The State Tournament is Oct. 15-17.

    • Shawnee hosted the Oklahoma Senior Games Track and Field Meet last Saturday. The Cross Country and Track teams served as volunteers, and the organizers gave our students lots of compliments about how hard they worked.

    • SMS librarian Carol Jones received a full scholarship from the Association for Library Service to Children to attend its virtual institute last week.

Board Reports

Board Member Larry Walker commended Jenny Jasper, curriculum coordinator, for writing and receiving a $100,000 Career Tech grant. Dr. Grace mentioned that Jasper has written several grants over the last few years totaling several hundred thousand dollars. These grants have given students more learning opportunities.


Walker also stated that his pastor had requested prayer for Board Member Mark Betterton who is facing a serious illness.

Other Board Business

The Board also took the following actions during the meeting:


  • approved all consent docket items
  • approved all personnel items as presented without going into an executive session.


The meeting adjourned at 6:09 p.m., tying the record set in May 2020 for the shortest board meeting.

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.