The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 24, 2014

Enid board members restructured, sworn in Monday

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Monday evening’s Enid Board of Education meeting was the annual restructuring of the board and swearing-in of newly re-elected board members Willa Jo Fowler and Colin Abernathy.

Cheryl Patterson nominated Molly Helm for board president, and Kyle Whitehead was quick to second the motion. After a unanimous vote to approve Helm as president, outgoing president Jenny Webster moved to a seat at the side of the meeting table so Helm could take her seat at the head of the table.

“I think the secretary should note the huge smile on Jenny Webster’s face,” said Willa Jo Fowler, the longest-tenured member of the board who herself has done several terms as president.

Chelia Armour, president of Enid Education Association, read a proclamation that next week is Read Across America week.

Armour also spoke to school board members about the formation of the selection committee for EPS superintendent applicants.

“Please include a currently certified classroom teacher in the selection committee,” Armour said.

Board members approved a change order to the contract with Lowry & Hemphill Construction, which increased the contract by $52,112 for unforeseen circumstances discovered during work on Longfellow Middle School and a change order to the contract with Mages Group decreasing the contract by $9,650 for roofing repairs needed because of carelessness of a subcontractor, completion of a water retention pond and pavement sealing at Waller Middle School.

In other business, they approved a transfer of a $20,000 donation from Integris Bass Baptist Health Center to the general fund to defray payroll costs of an athletic trainer and several routine transfers and encumbrances and discussed the financial report and budget.

Board members gave the nod to a contracts for the district to provide education services to residents of Garfield County Juvenile Justice Detention Center, Integris Bass Behavioral Health Meadowlake Facility, school-age residents of Robert M. Greer Center and Sequoyah Group Home.