The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 16, 2012

Prairie View principal named

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — A longtime Enid principal has been tapped to lead the new Prairie View Elementary School, and now Coolidge Elementary School needs a new principal.

Enid Public Schools Board of Education on Monday evening appointed Clark Koepping as principal of Prairie View. The new school is scheduled to open in August for the fall semester.

Koepping has been with EPS since 1996, spending one year as principal of Lincoln Academy before taking on duties as principal of Coolidge. Before coming to Enid, Koepping spent 11 years with Lahoma Public Schools and Cimarron Public Schools, where he taught band and was elementary principal.

In other school construction and renovation matters, board members awarded a $138,000 contract to JDC Contracting to demolish the old National Guard armory building on the grounds of the new Garfield Elementary School. Demolition will begin as soon as Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality completes asbestos abatement on the building. The state agency already has finished lead removal in the building.

The board approved a change order adding $3,140 to Silvercliffe Construction’s contract for work on Taft Elementary School. The additional money is to repair existing water damage to walls and ceilings.

Board members gave the nod to Easley Associates to design a bus parking lot at the maintenance center on Cleveland. The new bus parking area will ease parking woes at the central office complex.

The 2012-13 school calendar approved at Monday’s meeting will allow for a long summer break so construction work can go full-tilt while the buildings are empty.

Board member Cheryl Patterson asked Superintendent Shawn Hime if the district eventually would have to make up for the longer summer breaks the district has taken since construction began.

Hime assured her there won’t be a need to make up days, and pointed out the district saves money by reducing the number of 100-degree days of class at the beginning of the school year.

“We’re going to school the same number of days,” Hime said.

Board members approved a memorandum of understanding with Opportunities Inc., which operates Head Start in Enid, a contract with Community Development Support Association for the Parents as Teachers program and a contract with Enid Public School Foundation.

They also approved several routine purchase and spending requests for school activity fund accounts and encumbrances from transportation bond, multipurpose bond, activity, educational facilities and general funds.

In personnel transactions, hired were Misty Alvarez, teacher assistant, The Commons; Christine Bath, teacher assistant, Waller Middle School; Shannon Burk, teacher assistant, Garfield; Stephanie Cason, secretary, Waller; Erin Cook, child nutrition, Coolidge; Charles Dickson, custodian, warehouse; Tracy Godwin, teacher assistant, Taft; Brenda Gripe, food tech, central kitchen; Sara Hook, teacher assistant, Glenwood Elementary School; Jerry Kemph, bus monitor, transportation; Ashley Levick, teacher assistant, McKinley Elementary School; Ruth Ann Sailors, art teacher, Enid High School; Dannah Santana, teacher assistant, YWCA; Tena Smith, child nutrition, Monroe Elementary School; and Susan Thomas, second grade teacher, Taft.

Resignations approved were Stephanie Barnes, teacher assistant, Enid High; Janice Clark, paraprofessional, Emerson Middle School; Marjorie Hall, teacher assistant, The Commons; Amanda Hatch, child nutrition, Monroe; Delila Jordan, teacher assistant, Taft; Ricky Petty, custodian, Waller; Marilyn Priddy, child nutrition, Eisenhower Elementary School; and Christopher Stiles, art teacher, Enid High.