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Cordell Legislator Proposes Bills in Response to 2018 School Walk-Out

Ostensibly in response to last year’s nine-day teacher walkout, Rep. Todd Russ, a Cordell Republican, has filed two bills in the 2019 Oklahoma Legislature to punish teachers and unions for work stoppages.

The first, House Bill 2208, seeks to decertify employee organizations as bargaining units with all Oklahoma school districts after Dec. 31, 2020, unless such organizations are specifically approved by a secret ballot election of all employees in the bargaining unit between Aug. 1, 2020, and Dec. 1, 2020, regardless of the current contract status of the bargaining until with its respective school district.

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R.B. Mathis Named Cordell Person of the Year

R.B. Mathis is the recipient of the inaugural Cordell Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Great Plains Bank of Cordell and The Cordell Beacon.

Mathis is a Baptist minister and longtime Cordell resident, “with a servant’s heart,” said his wife, Pat Mathis.

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Potential Disaster Averted At Junior High

The actions of Cordell Junior High School students were credited with helping to avert a potential tragedy last week, according to superintendent Brad Overton.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, parents of students at Cordell Junior High were contacted via the telephone alert system and directed to a message posted on the Cordell Public Schools website.

“Today, Friday, Jan. 25, students reported to employees that a student planned to harm those at the the school in the coming months,” the statement read. “We want to thank those students for following the correct protocol in a potentially dangerous situation.

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Parents Address School Board Following Assault, Discipline

The parents of two Cordell students involved in an alleged assault on the high school campus last month addressed the Cordell Public Schools Board of Education March 11, 2019, expressing their concerns for the way school administration handled the situation.

Immediately following the Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, assault, which occurred on the Cordell High School football field, Cordell Public Schools Superintendent Brad Overton told The Cordell Beacon the school district wouldn’t be taking any disciplinary action.

“It is my opinion that this is an issue more suited to be dealt with through the local police department,” he said at the time.

 

 

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Cordell Board of Education Honors Jim Price For 16 Years of Service

At the Monday, March 11, 2019, meeting of the Cordell Board of Education, Jim Price was presented with a plaque recognizing his 16 years of service with the board.

The plaque was presented by newly-appointed board president Ronnie McKee.

 

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Ward 4 Candidate May Be Ineligible

Selena Gideon, a candidate for New Cordell City Council in Ward 4, may be ineligible for the April 2, 2019, municipal election because she failed to update her voter registration when she moved to her current address.

According to the candidate declaration Gideon filed with the Washita County Election Board, she resides on West First Street in Cordell, inside the boundaries of Ward

4. Her voter registration, however, indicates residence at an address on North Crider Street. The voter registration, Gideon’s first ever, was dated July 16, 2018, and places her residence in the city’s Ward 2.

Oklahoma law requires a candidate for municipal election to not only reside in the specific ward, but also to be registered to vote at an address within the ward in order to be eligible.

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2019 Washita County Junior Livestock Show

The Washita County Junior Livestock Show champions, from left: Caden Church (Sentinel) - Champion Goat Showman, Colt Randall (Canute) - Champion Lamb
Showman, Marlie Farris (Sentinel) - Champion Swine Showman, Landon Ringo (Burns Flat-Dill City) - Champion Beef Showman.
 

 

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Where The Money Goes: Cordell’s 2018 Expenditures

Editor’s Note: This is the third in an ongoing series about the City of New Cordell’s 2018 revenue and expenditures. The previous report (Feb. 13, 2019) highlighted the revenue generated by the New Cordell Utility Authority.

Bob henline

Editor

The New Cordell Utility Authority spent nearly two million dollars on municipal utility services during the 2018 calendar year, excluding the costs of water and electricity purchased for resale.

As noted in the previous installment of this ongoing series (Feb. 27, 2019), payroll expenses made up the city’s single largest expenditure category, which also holds true in the utility authority’s six accounting departments - water, electrical, sewer, garbage, customer service, and miscellaneous. Of the $1,809,159 in total expenditures, more than one-third ($656,983.38) was attributed to personnel costs.

 

 

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Cordell Schools Earn B Grades

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Cordell’s public schools all earned “B” grades for the 2017-2018 academic year, according to the public school report cards released last week by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

The report cards for this year were based upon a new system which measures four metrics for elementary and junior high schools and five for high schools. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the new system provides a much deeper view of school performance than the previous system, which was discontinued after the 2015-2016 academic year.

“The new system incorporates significantly more contextual information than its predecessor,” she said in a Feb. 28, 2019, press release. “The Oklahoma School Report Cards provide valid, reliable, and actionable data that schools and communities can use to improve outcomes for kids.”

 

 

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Mar
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Meet The 2019 Cordell Municipal Candidates

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of an ongoing series about the candidates seeking office in the 2019 City Of New Cordell municipal election. The information herein represents answers to a questionnaire sent to all candidates by The Cordell Beacon. The candidates’ responses are printed exactly as they were submitted by the candidates, without edits.

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editor

Seven of the candidates for City of New Cordell city council have now responded to the Beacon’s candidate questionnaire, along with both of the city’s mayoral candidates and one of the town marshal candidates.

In the previous installment of this series, candidates provided a brief biography and discussed their thoughts on the most important issue facing Cordell and how they would address that issue. Since publication of that installment (Feb. 27, 2019), candidates Zetta Penner (Ward 2) and Jerry Beech (Mayor) have responded to the questionnaire.

 

 

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