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Tue
18
Sep
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overto

In my article this week, I would like to highlight the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) within Cordell Schools. The CNP provides breakfast and lunch to all students who wish to participate along with reduced price and free meals based on a families size and income.

We have made numerous improvements over the past couple of years to our CNP. We are serving better tasting meals and more meals that students like as well as providing more options. Students at the junior high and high school have some outstanding choices for lunch. Everyday they can choose between pizza, hamburgers, salad bar or a hot meal such as roast and potatoes. The food tastes good, and the students seem to like it.

Tue
18
Sep
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

By Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC

 

irst and foremost, we want to keep Mrs. Sass Balzer in our prayers as she undergoes therapy. There are a variety of fundraisers taking place to help her. I encourage everyone to give as they can. She is certainly missed by us all. Summer saw a great many projects completed at our school. The hallways at the elementary and the high school were painted as well as the elementary gym and high school cafeteria. The elementary asphalt playground also received a new top coat and all cracks were patched. Restrooms at both sites were also painted. The high school boys’ restrooms received new stalls while the elementary boys’ had new flooring installed.

The elementary cafeteria tables were replaced by the high school folding tables. The high school cafeteria, meanwhile, has new 60” round tables. This has created a much more welcoming atmosphere for our students

 

Tue
11
Sep
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

You have to look for the schism, Jasper said to himself out at the woodpile. He put another chunk of firewood up on the splitting block and took a look at the checking cracks that ran part way through the circles of age rings.

If I hit it right there, he said to himself, it should cleave.

 

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Tue
11
Sep
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Oklahoma Brimming with Positive News

By State Representative Todd Russ

Sometimes I run into people that say Oklahoma is “in a mess” and just want to talk to me about their claim that Oklahoma is not doing well.

Truly, we have had a really rough time over the past three years with a dramatic drop in the price of oil and gas, from which we are just now recovering. Because our state is so heavily dependent on this industry, our entire economy suffered. But I have great news. We are no longer in recession, and state government is better than it has been in years. In fact, the latest treasurer’s report shows gross receipts for the past 12 months grew by double-digits.

 

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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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