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From Davis Public Schools Superintendent

By Mark Moring, Superintendent
School starts Thursday! We are so excited to get our students back and get started on a great year.  I know school security is at the forefront of people’s thoughts as we head back to the classroom. The Davis Board of Education has conducted three special board meetings this summer to discuss school security options and our district’s goals and objectives. This is a very daunting task when you brainstorm all of the different scenarios and combine that with the fact schools receive zero state funding dedicated to security. I’ve seen many districts detailing the measures they are taking to add more security. We have taken the approach of not doing that.  This can lend itself to educating some that may intend to do harm. The staff will be educated on our new procedures and the current and future upgrades to all of our buildings. We are not done discussing, planning, and exploring new ways to make our campus safer.
We have hired eight new employees for the upcoming school year. I feel we have hired some great additions to our school. This task is becoming increasingly difficult as the teacher shortage worsens every year. New to the Wolf family are: Ryan Bates – High School History, Head Wrestling Coach, assistant junior high softball coach and junior high golf coach; Blade Bigler, Band Director; Tracy Doolan, Middle School Math; Lori Gray, High School and Middle School Art; Stefan Hunt – Elementary PE, Head Fastpitch/Slowpitch Coach and assistant boys and girls high school basketball coach and eighth and ninth girls basketball coach; and Patti Hunt, Elementary Reading Specialist. Support Staff: Rebekah Veach, paraprofessional; and Cassandra Webb, Elementary Library Assistant.
I want to remind parents and guardians that the federal waiver given to schools over the last two years to provide free meals to all students has expired. Students will have to pay for meals unless they qualify for free/reduced meals.  Applications for free/reduced meals can be picked up at your child’s school or downloaded from our website under the Cafeteria tab at the top of the page. We highly encourage everyone to fill out the application. Most importantly, students can eat for free or at a highly reduced rate. But, also our school receives additional funding for students who qualify for the program. We can always use additional funds.
Speaking of funds! We are still facing a HUGE funding shortfall due to the wind farm property tax protests. Our district is nearing the $3 million dollar mark of funds being withheld from giving our students the education they deserve. That’s an absolute crime! There was some legislation passed last spring that gives a little hope to settle this issue, but to date nothing has changed. This will be the third year of battling a devastating lack of funding for our students.
However, we have a tremendous staff and one of the most supportive communities in Oklahoma! We will overcome obstacles and adversity put in front of us.  We will have a great year. We will do everything possible to give our students every opportunity we can.  I can’t wait to see how our students grow this year and what they achieve!

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