SPS Board Highlights

Aug. 2, 2021

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Rewarding Efficiency

Representatives from OG&E presented Shawnee Public Schools with a rebate check for $242,149 for the district's recent investment in an LED conversion. The district changed more than 13,000 lights with this project. The rebate from OG&E will provide more than 30% of the total project cost, and the district will save about $170,000 annually for making the change.

Public Comment

Shawnee High School teacher Bruce Bushong addressed Board of Education members about COVID-19 and asked the board to be mindful of the need to keep schools safe for staff as well as students.

Board Reports

Board President April Stobbe commended Curriculum Coordinator Jenny Jasper on her recent successful defense of her dissertation. Stobbe noted that Jasper has worked hard on writing grants for the district while earning her doctorate.

Stobbe also praised the summer programs SPS held for students, including the recently concluded Shawnee Adventure Academy. She also praised the recently received grants that will provide additional counselors for the district.

Board Member Larry Walker commented about being pleased that Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister visited the Shawnee Adventure Academy last week. He also said he was glad to see the SHS internship program continuing this upcoming school year.

Board Decisions

After approving all consent docket items, board members approved revisions to the elementary and secondary student handbooks. According to Meggan Wilson, executive director of academic services, there were only minor revisions to the handbooks.

Board members also approved the purchase of Mosaic Adaptive for grades 6-8 and ACT Aspire for grades 9-11. Dr. Teresa Wilkerson, assistant superintendent, said Mosaic Adaptive is closely matched with both Oklahoma and ACT standards.

The board unanimously approved the renovation of Jim Thorpe Stadium bleachers with Pottawatomie County Sales Tax Funds not to exceed a total construction price of $105,000.

The board also approved a contract with Exterior Solutions Group for needlepoint bipolar ionization systems to be added to existing HVAC. The systems help eliminate dust, dander, smoke and even viruses and bacteria from the air. Dr. April Grace said the systems can be moved to new HVAC if existing HVAC is replaced.

Following an executive session, the board approved the acquisition of property from the City of Shawnee, subject to legal council's approval of all necessary agreements, and voted to authorize Grace to sign documents and undertake necessary actions on behalf of the board.

The board appointed Turner Bass to Board Seat, Office Number 6, and administered to him the oath of office.

The board approved all personnel 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.