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Tue
22
May
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News From Quartz Mountain State Parky

What wonderful rains we have had! In the last week we’ve had nearly four inches of rain at Quartz Mountain Nature Park. Friday the 18th thru Sunday the 20th, over an inch and a half fell. For the first twenty one days of the month we’ve had nearly five inches of rain. Lake Altus-Lugert is 75% full and rising.

Quartz Mountain Nature Park is green and lush. As of 8AM Monday the 21st, Greer County, which includes all of the Main Park, Grocery Store and Lodge/Cabin areas was still in a Governor Declared Burn Ban. We anticipate the Burn Ban will be lifted before the Memorial Holiday weekend. Follow the Quartz Mountain Nature Park Face-Book page, or the Park website (www.quartzmountain. org) – as soon as we know the Burn Ban has been lifter, we’ll start getting the word out.

 

Tue
15
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

One of the recipients of the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget that has not gotten much fanfare but that deserves some recognition is the Department of Libraries. The department will get an additional $125,328 over Fiscal Year 2018. In all, the Department of Libraries will receive $4.483 million for the coming fiscal year.

The Department of Libraries serves as the official State Library of Oklahoma. It is responsible for providing information and records management services to state officials and employees as well as for assisting public library development throughout the state.

Department of Libraries funding falls under the category of education in the appropriations bill the Legislature passes each year. As chairman of the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee on Education, I fought for and helped secure this increase in funding for state libraries.

 

Tue
15
May
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

When Dewey and Emily walked into the Mule Barn the other day, they were greeted with applause and whistles. Emily blushed and Dewey took a bow, almost hitting the coffee pot Loretta was carrying.

“I hear you two really fell for each other,” Doc said. “And the way I hear it, many times.”

“That’s right, Doc, I finally cornered him and we’re planning a wedding,” Emily said.

Emily is a brave soul, taking for a husband the most accident prone human being since Wrong Way Corrigan.

 

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Tue
08
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Despite what at times became a tumultuous legislative session, lawmakers were able to accomplish quite a number of things that will benefit residents of our great state.

First, and foremost is a state budget that restores services for Oklahoma residents. After years of a recession that forced revenue failures and cuts to agency services, this year we were able to increase funding in many key areas, including education, public health and mental health care, human services, public safety and transportation.

On top of the list was education. The governor this week signed the $7.6 billion state budget that appropriates $2.9 billion to K-12 public schools. Money is dedicated to average teacher pay raises of $6,100; support staff pay raises of $1,250 and about $50 million more to go to classrooms and textbooks.

Tue
08
May
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

Our pal Doc is a genius. Just take the other day, and all of us were gathered up and coffee’d at the Mule Barn truck stop coffee shop and world dilemma think tank, and ol’ Doc just proved it again.

Steve noticed them first, the young couple who had just pulled into a parking space outside the “efaC” window. From the outside, it reads “Café.”

“Say,” said Steve, “isn’t that Bobby and Carol Ann?”

“Yep,” said Jimmy, “and if I ain’t mistaken, there’s three of ‘em today.”

 

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Tue
01
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a $7.6 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The budget is about $800 million more than for Fiscal Year 2018 and increases funding for common education, health and mental health care, public safety and transportation among other core state services.

 

 

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Tue
01
May
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Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

 

It is hard to believe that the school will be out for the summer after next week. As with most years, this school year has gone by fast.

This has been a great school year. Yes, there has been some bumps along the way, but in the end all is well. I believe that there are several reasons why our school years seem to go smoothly. It starts with a community that is supportive of education.

The Cordell community expects its school system to prepare kids for the future and provide the needed support for that education. Over the years. I have learned to trust and expect this support. The teacher walkout this year was one area where I knew our community supported our educators, and we appreciate that!

 

Tue
24
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

House members are working fervently to finish our work for this legislative session, so we can adjourn, or sine die, by May 4. This would save state taxpayers some money in not having to fund government for the final three weeks of May. Once we end Chamber activity, we can begin preparing for interim studies and task force hearings in preparation for next session.

This will require the House and Senate to hear remaining measures and get bills and resolutions that require conference committee through that process. We also must finish the appropriations bill for all of state government. We’re close. The largest part of the budget – almost 53 percent (for education) – is already completed and signed into law. Remaining appropriations bills should be heard in the Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget this week.

Tue
24
Apr
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC

On April 2, 2018, the Oklahoma Education Association called for a statewide walkout of teachers. This type of action had not happened since 1990. The 1990 walkout lasted 4 days and not only provided some of the largest reforms to education in our state’s history, it also gave teachers a pay raise. However, our legislature undid many of those reforms over the last ten years while our state failed to increase education funding as our student population rose steadily. Ignoring our classroom needs has led to a critical teacher shortage, greater class sizes and insufficient funding to provide the basic needs of our students.

Tue
17
Apr
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation and admiration to the faculty and staff of Cordell Schools. Their advocacy and actions during the recent teacher rally have been truly professional while keeping the best interest of the Cordell Community a priority.

A monumental step has been taken towards the goal of properly funding education within the state of Oklahoma. Per pupil funding has reached an alltime high in Oklahoma. With an increase of $543,954,340 in the overall budget for common education, educators can claim a victory!

Although this is a great accomplishment, it is simply too much to expect Legislators replace all of the funding deficits from the past decade in one year.

 

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