The Perkins-Tryon Board of Education approved a list of academic measures during Monday night's regular monthly meeting.
The measures are approved for the Other Academic Measures component of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness System, it was explained to the board. Districts have discretion to allow additional OAMs for teachers and leaders for whom there are not at least two options on the approved list that are relevant to their job duties.
It also provides actionable feedback, as long as the additional OAMs meet the definition of Other Academic Measure approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Education based on the recommendations of the TLE Commission. This is the first time Perkins- Tryon educators are using this list.
In other action, the board approved a contract for career and technical education programs for the 2013-2014 as presented. The contract deals with program assistance grants and state teacher salary reimbursement for Agriculture Education, Business and Information Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Science Technology Engineering and Math. A summer salary for Agriculture Education was also included in the contract issued by the state Department of Career and Technology Education.
Following an executive session, the board voted in open session to employ Lana Van Zant as a teacher assistant for the four-year- old preK class. Also approved was the fiscal year 2014 support staff negotiation agreement as presented. The board voted unanimously to not approve the certified staff negotiation agreement.
The board also acknowledged the resignation of teacher assistant Julie Hall.
General Fund encumbrances of $22,928.86 were also approved as were Building Fund encumbrances of $12,450 and Child Nutrition Fund encumbrances of $19,765.85.
During his report, Superintendent James Ramsey said he was approached earlier this month by Perkins Fire Chief Joe Barta concerning the need for additional signs marking a designated fire lane along the south side of the new addition at the elementary school. Ramsey said the curbed area was already painted as a fire lane and that the six new signs will cost the district $300.
This is on top of several thousands of dollars the district had to pay during the course of the construction that were not figured in on the project even after the original plans were approved by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
In a letter sent to Ramsey, Barta wrote a high volume of traffic at the east end of the new elementary school addition has resulted in vehicle obstruction of the fire apparatus access road for that structure.