Davis hires new teachers in Henley’s first Davis school board meeting

By Alisha Thompson
The Davis School Board and the Davis City Council met on April 12. Both of their meetings started at 6 p.m. and both are available via Facebook live streaming on their respective pages. Next week there will be an article recapping the Davis City Council meeting.
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Winner of the recent School Board election, Lee Henley, was sworn in by Dr. Ryan Oden.
School board members made quick work of the packed agenda without the help of Blue Hefley, who missed March’s school board meeting, as well.
Bubba Bolding will serve as this year’s school board president, Oden will serve as the vice-president and Jeremy Hoffman will be the clerk for the school board.
Davis High School BPA will travel to Dallas for a reward trip with the school board’s blessing.
Contracts were renewed with New View Oklahoma, School Based Services, PLLC, OT Solutions for Occupational Therapy Services and an agreement with The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services were renewed for the 2021-22 school year for the special education department.
Wrestlers with Mill Creek will come to Davis and wrestle with the Wolves next year. This is the first year for the pilot program for the cooperative wrestling with Mill Creek.
Board members approved the request of state and/or federal funds for Davis Public Schools Child Nutrition Funds. Superintendent Mark Moring said the funds were on the low side for the year.
The school district’s attorney will join 130 schools in a suit against the Oklahoma State Board of Education to address the equalization of funding as set in the State Board’s meeting on March 25. “We want to keep the local tax dollars here,” Moring said. “Senate Bill 229, called the Redbud School Funding Act, has been introduced and I am looking forward to seeing where this goes.”
All certified staff were rehired for next year and will have the opportunity over the summer to earn up to a $2,000 bonus for attending professional development over the summer. “This is open to all who will teach at Davis next year,” explained Moring. “We will work with Sulphur. Some classes will be at Davis, some at Sulphur and some at the Artesian. We have spaced it out over two months so staff can enjoy their summer vacation, too.”
School board members accepted the resignations of Lori Foster, middle school English; Marie Randall, special education; Lucy Knight, middle school science and Tom Schilling.
Tony West has been hired to teach summer Driver’s Education and Paige Murphy will teach middle school English.
Moring said that it hasn’t been that easy to find a math or a science teacher.
He said that if they find someone to fill the special education, middle school science position and high school math position that they may have special meeting before the May meeting to announce the new teachers for those classes.
Moring said they the school had their first Covid-19 quarantine in several months on Monday.
End of the year events are moving forward at a fast pace according to Moring. The eighth grade graduation will take place at Wolf Field this year. The high school graduation will be held at Falls Creek. Sports banquets will see some changes with no food being served at the banquets.

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