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Tue
04
Sep
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

Everything at the school is pretty much business as usual now that we are in our third week of school. The students show up and our faculty and staff are ready to go. Once again, we are off to a good start to the school year. I would like to spend some time in this article talking about the safety of our students while at school.

Tue
28
Aug
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Criminal Justice Reforms a Tight Balance of Safety and Fairness

By State Representative Todd Rus

Much has been written about, discussed and changed in law in recent years surrounding the issue of criminal justice reform in Oklahoma. With the highest incarceration rate in the world and a prison system that is now at 113 percent of capacity and two-thirds understaffed, it’s past time we address this issue. But, it’s much more complicated than many people think at first glance.

First and foremost is keeping our populace safe. We have to ensure people who commit violent, heinous crimes are kept away from free society. At the same time, we have to look at what actually constitutes a violent crime.

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Tue
21
Aug
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

 

Smooth sailing is the best way that I can describe the start to this school year. The students are back in class. Teachers are welcoming students and putting their minds at ease from the anxieties of the first week of school. Our current enrollment is 671 students which is down about eight students from last year’s average. I am confident that our numbers will inch up a little over the next few weeks. For some reason, we always see an increase after Labor Day. Although 671 students is only slightly down from last year, it is down 79 students from just two years ago. It is my hope that this downward trend does not continue. I have to thank our teachers, support staff and administrators for their hard work in not only preparing for the school year but for creating a great educational environment within our school system.

Tue
14
Aug
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More Positive Changes in Education

By State Representative Todd Russ

 

I wrote last time on the teacher pay raises that went into effect Aug. 1 and the additional funding for common education that will be in this school year’s budget. I voted for all four teacher pay raise proposals over the last two years, regardless of what some may be saying, and have always supported public education.

Tue
07
Aug
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My Point Of View

By Zonelle Cox Rainbolt

Much of the nearly four hour meeting of the Cordell City Council on Monday night centered on why - and how - the City could change its form of government. Currently, we operate under the Aldermanic form of government and the proposed change would move us to the Council/Manager form of government.

There appeared to be about as many in support of the change as those opposed to it, and at least some who didn’t go in with a preference for one form over the other but who were there to get information.

 

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Tue
07
Aug
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Teachers to Receive Pay Raise Starting Aug. 1

By State Representative Todd Russ

Teachers hired for this school year and beyond will receive a pay raise of about $6,100 on average. The raise takes effect Aug. 1.

House Bill 1023xx, later incorporated in the general appropriations bill, Senate Bill 1600, ensures that all teachers will receive a raise, which increases in amount based on years of experience and level of education. Even teachers who already are paid above the state minimum salary schedule will see a bump in pay.

 

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Tue
31
Jul
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Financial Focus

Time to Put Excess Cash to Work?

by Phil Kliewer, Edward Jones Advisor

You’ll always want to base your investment decisions on your own needs and goals. But there may be times when you might consider adjusting your portfolio because of risks and opportunities. Now may be one of those times.

Here’s some background: In recent months, the Federal Reserve has raised shortterm interest rates several times, and given its generally favorable outlook on the economy, it has indicated it may continue bumping up interest rates gradually over the next year or so. The Fed doesn’t control long-term interest rates, but these rates often follow the lead of short-term movements. However, longer-term rates haven’t yet risen as much as shorter-term ones, which means the difference between short- and long-term rates is relatively small, historically speaking.

 

Tue
31
Jul
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Home Country

Slim Randles

“Bert looks good this morning, Doc,” Dud said, quietly. Three stools down the counter, Bert smiled and said, “Yes, I certainly do!”

We turned toward our old pal. “You heard that?”

“Sure did, guys,” he grinned. “Look….”

Tue
24
Jul
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Teachers to Receive Pay Raise Starting Aug. 1

By State Representative Todd Russ

Teachers hired for this school year and beyond will receive a pay raise of about $6,100 on average. The raise takes effect Aug. 1.

House Bill 1023xx, later incorporated in the general appropriations bill, Senate Bill 1600, ensures that all teachers will receive a raise, which increases in amount based on years of experience and level of education. Even teachers who already are paid above the state minimum salary schedule will see a bump in pay.

In addition, teachers will see an increase in flexible health care benefits, and school support staff will receive raises of $1,250.

 

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Tue
10
Jul
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Tuition Rates Increase Despite Increased State Appropriations

By State Representative Todd Russ

 

The State Regents for Higher Education last week approved tuition and fee hikes at many state colleges and universities for the coming school year. This means fulltime undergraduate students at these public institutions will pay an average of $224, about 4 percent, more to attend classes starting this fall. Many of the same schools just a year ago increased tuition and fees by an average of $284, or 5.3 percent. The schools say they’ve had to raise costs despite an increase in state appropriations this year because of past budget cuts during a statewide recession, and they are right that we did cut them. The last three years were historical with the drastic drop in oil prices, and in hard times I think the schools should curb expenses and scour their budgets to prioritize their programs and drop programs that have no business being funded with public money.

 

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