SPS Board Highlights

Dec. 7, 2020

Audit Report Review

Michael Kemper of Jenkins and Kemper, CPA, presented its audit report for the 2019-2020 FY to board members. Kemper reported no major issues with the audit and said the process went very smoothly. The board approved the report unanimously.

Superintendent's Report

During her board report, Dr. April Grace congratulated Coach Kilby on his first win as head coach of the SHS boys basketball team. She thanked Arvest Bank for their sponsorship of Academic Letter Jackets to 15 seniors. She also announced two upcoming events: wrestling will be at the PAAC Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., and SMS Drama will present "Cinderella Wore Combat Boots" Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the PAAC.

Board Report

In his report to the board, First Vice President Larry Walker thanked the family of Mark Betterton for Betterton's service to the SPS Board of Education and said his prayers are with the family. Mr. Betterton passed away recently.


Mr. Walker also reported that recent SHS graduate Lauren Fields is finding lots of success on the basketball court at Oklahoma State University, and he commended the SMS and SHS band students who performed well at the recent ECOBDA competition. He highlighted other athletic successes with the SHS football team earning its way to the second round of playoffs and three softball players signing to play at the collegiate level.


Walker thanked teachers for the job they are doing, especially during these difficult times, and mentioned how much he appreciates the Shawnee graduates who return to teach in the school system. He also stated that filing for board seat elections continues through Wednesday of this week.

Board Decisions

The Board took the following actions during the meeting:


  • approved all consent docket items
  • approved Policy EP Indian Policies and Procedures. Dr. Grace said approval of this policy is an annual requirement following the policy's review by the Indian Education Parent Committee. The committee did not recommend any changes to the policy this year.
  • approved all personnel items as presented without going into an executive session.

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.