School board, community members recognized

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Before working in the Eugene school district Penrod was an elementary teacher and administrator in the Sherwood school district for six years.

While the $118 million budget may appear larger in sheer dollar amount than in recent years, it actually cuts a total of 18 staff positions, including 15 classroom teaching positions that will remain empty when the teachers now staffing them retire or leave the district at the end of the year.

According to Huntsville City school board members, Akin contacted them to say he will receive an offer from Gulf Shores, 'pending contract negotiations.' The board voted 5-0 in favor of Akin and no one was able to present any concerns in extending the offer said Kevin Corcoran, President of the Gulf Shores board of education.

Board President Jeff Williams said Moeckel emerged from a thorough search process as the right candidate to lead the District.

An expected vote on a program that would allow trained school employees to carry firearms in Putnam County schools has been postponed to May 1, the district announced Tuesday.


Board members acknowledged the district expanded spending too much a year ago in light of growing costs.

"What I've learned to be true is that when you open up a conversation and you have a two-way meaningful discussion you can learn a lot". "We both had about a month to take the information in".

And for the first time in four years, the district's operations revenues are projected to exceed expenditures by $7.6 million.

In November, the city's five-person school board was filled.

Educational Statesmanship: Todd White, El Dorado Union High School District, is an advocate for public education in the community and was recognized for his efforts toward enriching and improving the educational experience for all students. The package includes two new elementary schools - one to the far east on Josey Lane and one in Old Town on Mill Street where the Purnell Support Center sits. The amended agreement does not change the $5 million purchase. "We don't tolerate it with the students, so there's no reason it should be tolerated in the administrative building". Mobile units now serve as classrooms for almost half of Pinehurst Elementary's students.


Enid Public Schools Board of Education has postponed its meeting originally set for Monday night due to a clerical issue with the posted agenda.

"We're dealing with kids' lives", Uptmor said, adding that there's a "ripple effect" on children and parents. "We are confident Chris" passion for learning and his dedication to maximizing every student's success will serve our district well.

Lauren Neale, a fourth-grade teacher at Pinewood school, said the school was a "somber and sad" place as staff learned their fates Monday.

The schools' budget builds in $500,000 to cover costs related to the state budget that school staff have not predicted, but those costs could exceed or fall short of that number.


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