Because the Duncan Board of Education approved using Project Lead the Way, training for a career could start as young as middle school for Duncan students.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the school board approved an agreement between Duncan Public Schools and Project Lead the Way Inc. to establish a comprehensive program and curricula for science, technology, engineer and mathematics (STEM) education.
“It’s the middle school version of what Red River Technology does with its pre-engineering and biomedical classes,” assistant Superintendent Glenda Cobb said.
The school district secured $12,000 from an outside source to pay for the materials needed to run the program. The $12,000 is a one-time expenditure, and the school will be able to reuse materials from year to year. The program will cost $2,000 annually to continue with the program.
Cobb said the STEM program will increase the rigor of the curriculum at the Duncan Middle School. She said DMS Principal Mike Toone and assistant Principal Carol Bowles were receptive to the program idea and are ready to establish the program at the middle school.
The school district learned about the program while district administrators were attending a state summit. While there, Superintendent Sherry Labyer and Cobb talked with administrators from the Tulsa area who had established the STEM curriculum in their classrooms.
Labyer said the discussion was enough to get the Duncan administrators excited about the program and led them to look into funding to add the program the Duncan Middle School.
In addition to becoming involved in the program, the school board also approved purchasing 30 Dell laptop computers and one charging cart to support the STEM curriculum.
The total cost of the laptops and the charging cart was $32,443.80 and was approved to be paid with Title I funds. Title I funds are federal funds.
In other action:
n Plato Elementary will be undergoing some work, as the school’s office is moved toward the front of the building, switching places with the library. The school board approved the renovation to the school, which will use site maintenance funds for the project.
Previously, the school board approved renovating the office areas for Emerson and Horace Mann. The idea is to make it easier for visitors to find the office and for contact to be made first thing.
n The school board approved a contract with First Baptist Church to allow EDGE Academy to use the west parking lot for school parking. This is a contract that is approved annually with no money changing hands.
“We appreciate the partnership with the church,” Labyer said.
n Security cameras will be purchased for the Duncan High School and Irving Pre-Kindergarten Center, both through Solutions Boxes Inc.
The high school cameras will be purchased and reimbursed through a Department of Homeland Security Grant for $21,500. The Irving cameras will be purchased using site maintenance funds for $12,054.05.
n Board member Chris Deal, Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, gave a presentation about the Heritage Trails project. Deal said several entities through the Duncan community are working toward establishing a walking trail in Duncan.
The length of the trail would be equivalent to a 5k race. By working together, the entities may have an easier time of obtaining grants for the project, Deal said.
“We’re a community that works together,” he said.
The walking trail would include rest areas and lighted areas. Deal said there are plans to later extend the walking trail to encompass more of Duncan and possibly tie the trail into the Crapemyrtle Trail.
“It would be a wonderful asset,” Deal said. “This is just the beginning.”
Program meant to boost career training
Comanche’s superintendent submitting resignation to help save teachers jobs
All across the state, teachers and administrators are taking measures to keep their schools afloat after the deep cut in educational funding.
State budget cuts push educators into early retirement
Oklahoma has made some of the deepest cuts in the nation in education funding in recent years, third only to Arizona and Alabama. According to the Oklahoma Policy Institute, “Over the last five years, the state has cut per-pupil education aid for primary and secondary schools by 20 percent, or $706 per student.” At Comanche Public Schools, those cuts translate to $770,000.
Braught receives Crossman Award
There can be only one. And from 222 Duncan High School seniors and five nominees, Jack Braught was that one.
Braught was named Friday as the 2013 recipient of the Crossman Award, which is similar to a valedictorian award. The Crossman Award is the Duncan High School’s top student award. The award was presented during the awards assembly.
Duncan's Jack Braught named 2013 Crossman Award winner
Jack Braught was named the 2013 Crossman Award winner during an awards assembly Friday at the Duncan High School.
Crossman Award presentation today
Today, one of five nominated senior students at Duncan High School will be named the Crossman recipient. The awards event is scheduled for 12:45 at the DHS auditorium.
Cameron University School of Business Building to be named Cynthia S. Ross Hall
The Cameron University School of Business Building will be re-named Cynthia S. Ross Hall, following approval Friday, by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents. Regent Richard R. Dunning, Chairman, requested the name change in recognition of the extraordinary contributions made by Cameron President Cindy Ross over the past 11 years.
Classmates remembered at B-D graduation
For the Bray-Doyle Class of 2013, commencement Friday was an opportunity to honor the memory of two classmates whose lives were cut short before reaching graduation.
Emerson third graders learn Oklahoma land run history
When state education standards change from PASS Objectives to Common Core, several things will be impacted, including the mock land runs performed at several Duncan elementary schools.
V-A to consider employment contracts
Several employment positions will be voted on during the Velma-Alma Board of Education’s regular meeting Monday.
McArthur to lead Cameron University
On Friday, Dr. John McArthur was named Cameron University’s 17th president, effective July 1, 2013. He is replacing Dr. Cindy Ross, who earlier this year, announced her intention to retire this summer.
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