The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 16, 2013

EPS board starts downsizing policies

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools Board of Education on Monday night began the process of combing through board policies and revising or deleting policies.

“We’re trying to downsize or be more efficient in our policy document,” Superintendent Shawn Hime told board members.

Reviewed at Monday’s meeting were sections A, B and C. The process of reviewing the entire policy book is expected to last a number of months, Hime told board members.

Some of the policies are outdated or simply unneeded because state law already addresses those issues.

Molly Helm said she’s glad to see the process undertaken.

“This makes it much more relevant,” Helm said.

Revised were policies on district educational philosophy; powers of the board of education; nepotism; development opportunities for board members; board treasurer; and travel expense reimbursements.

The board also will contemplate deleting several policies all together.

Policies deleted include operational goals; school board membership; board of education attorney; consultants; advisory committees; news media coverage; board minutes; administrative goals and employment of superintendent.

In other matters, the board approved a number of routine fund transfers and fundraising requests; declared numerous pieces of old equipment, computers, musical instruments, furniture and library books as surplus property; and held an executive session for the purpose of approving personnel transactions.

Hime shared the average attendance at each grade level for the first 13 days of the school year. The average number of students in the school district this year is 7,769. That’s 303 more than the average attendance at the same time last school year.

Board member Ernie Currier asked how the numbers compare with the projections used during the 2010 bond issue. Officials then said the bond issue needed to be passed because schools were overcrowded and student population was expected to grow even more.

“We’ve far surpassed those projections,” Hime said.