The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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June 16, 2014

In first meeting, EPS superintendent emphasizes focus on digital workplace

ENID, Okla. — In his first meeting with Enid Public Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Darrell Floyd told board members that educators need to focus on skills valued by modern employers: critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, collaboration and creativity.

The education system has to adapt to the workplace of today in order to prepare students to be successful, Floyd said.

“These kids are coming into our schools as digital natives, not digital immigrants, as we are,” Floyd said during Monday evening’s school board meeting.

Enid Pubic Schools got a break on workers’ compensation and property, casualty and liability insurance for the coming year. Board members voted to accept bids from Oklahoma School Assurance Group for workers’ compensation and Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group for property, casualty and liability coverage. Although OSAG’s premium increased $26,235, OSIG’s premium dropped $37,331, resulting in a net savings of $11,096 for the coming school year.

In other business, board members approved a number of routine fund transfers and fund encumbrances and reviewed the district financial report.

They renewed the sublease of a new elementary school and improvements as required under the provisions of the sublease agreement between the district and Garfield County Educational Facilities Authority; and approved contracts with ACT for state testing, Barlow Education Management Services for employee relations and administrative consultation, Hammock Enterprises for document destruction, and Kellogg and Sovereign Consulting for E-Rate service; and approved a recruitment stipend of $2,000 for special education, secondary mathematics, secondary science and world language teachers.

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