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Tue
16
Jan
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

By Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC Superintendent

January is School Board Recognition Month and BFDC Schools is joining school districts across the state of Oklahoma to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education.

Serving on a school board has been described as the ‘toughest volunteer job in America.’ Yet our school board members dedicate countless personal hours to attending meetings, school functions, and hours of preparation for the decisions they make.

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Tue
16
Jan
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

It was strange, Doc thought. All these years. All these people. It still hurts.

Old Tom had died around midnight, and Doc didn’t get more than an hour’s sleep since then. Just before he went, Tom reached out and gripped Doc’s hand and thanked him for everything. He was smiling when he went.

Somehow that made it worse for Doc than just having death bring a pleasant new start for someone in pain and agony. Doc hadn’t been able to patch him up this time. When someone Tom’s age has his organs shut down, there just isn’t much a doctor can do but make him comfortable and say goodbye.

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Tue
09
Jan
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

 

IThe month of January has been designated as School Board Member Appreciation Month. In my article this week, I would like to share some of my thoughts on the important role of School Board Members. School board members agree to serve a five year term when they decide to run for the school board. Members often serve more than five years which means filing and running again. In my opinion it is a huge commitment to file for an elected position.

By putting one’s name out there and letting the community decide, it puts individuals in a vulnerable position. It takes courage and a willingness to serve; being a school board member is not for everyone

 

Tue
09
Jan
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

 

I’m thankful for a New Year and the chance to clean up some state agency problems. As I write this, work is ongoing for a House Special Investigation Committee charged with looking into financial mismanagement at the State Department of Health that stretches back at least six years. After questioning three executive level employees and the department’s former chief operating officer, it appears the department shuffled federal funds into unauthorized accounts and lived beyond its financial means. Department leaders provided the state with paperwork each year making it look as if they had balanced budgets.

Tue
02
Jan
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Help With Home - Care Bills

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care bills? Mom is recovering from a stroke and needs in-home care, but I understand Medicare doesn’t cover it, and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. - Stressed-Out Daughter

Dear Stressed-Out,

Depending on your mom’s circumstances, there are a number of government and not-for-profit programs that can that either subsidize or pay for your mom’s home care or offer aid in other ways. Here’s where to look for help.

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Tue
02
Jan
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

There’s nothing like New Year’s Resolution to make a guy feel completely inadequate, thought Doc as he sat and sipped coffee at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop’s coffee shop. In other words, thinking central.

He happened to mention this to Steve, sitting on his left. Steve shoved his hat back and looked at his dear friend.

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Tue
26
Dec
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

“I can’t stand winter,” said Herb Collins, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup. “There’s nothing to do.”

“Get out and enjoy it,” suggested Doc. “Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel better.”

“I don’t think your advice will take,” said Dud. “Herb seems to be intransigent on this one.”

 

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Tue
19
Dec
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

By Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC

 

Students and Patrons, As we approach the end of this year, I would like to take a moment to reflect on a couple of major improvements within our school system. First, is the addition of a new public address system at Will Rogers Elementary. It is obviously important that we can make announcements that can be heard throughout the elementary school. I would like to thank MODA for their generous grant of over $17,000 for the new system. It is greatly appreciated. Secondly, the BF-DC Board of Education approved the installation of new LED lights all through our entire district. New lighting has already been installed in every classroom, hallway, closet, restroom, gymnasium and cafeteria.

Tue
12
Dec
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

The end of this week will mark the halfway point of the school year. It is hard to believe that we are at this point. This has been a busy school year and everything is running smoothly within the school district.

There are a lot of people involved with and who have an effect on how smoothly our school runs. There are more important people than myself or the other administrators. It has always been my opinion that our faculty and staff are the heartbeat of the school district; yes, they are the ones that make things go.

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Tue
12
Dec
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Working to Get More Tax Dollars to Teachers

By Governor Mary Fallin

Teacher salaries need to be increased in the state of Oklahoma. This is a simple fact, especially as we compare our teacher compensation to surrounding states. It’s also obvious when school districts from other states come to our state to hold recruiting drives, such as the Dallas Independent School District’s three-day job fair in Oklahoma City the first week of this month.

For the past two years I have called for a teacher pay increase in my State of the State addresses, but there has not been a solution to this challenge. We must address this issue if we expect to continue to be a prosperous state.

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