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)D: News and V,00ws from the C,'marron Valley The rkins Journal t==. :RD YEAR VOLUME 103, NUMBER 19 Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma, 74059 Thursday, February 4, 1993 35 hool board candidates impressive at PIE forum Bob Williams Editor the Partners In Education forum last Thursday is any then voters in the School district can't n'ong in its selection of a new t member Feb. 9. 1 three candidates, Dwight m, Larry Huff and Lawrence nson, bode well in the question- r session held in the Perkins tary School Cafeteria with acting a moderator. vn scored points by stressing ants the board to turn control the administrators. e board can't, and shouldn't, ,'olv in the every day work- the school system," Brown . =The board has to turn ad- trative powers over to the ad- tration. Go by the recommen- ks of the professionals and not every recommendation they ff's enthusiasm for the posi- his main strength at the fo- elected, I will do my best Vet the needs of the students he COmmunity," he said in his ig remarks. =I'm a graduate , Perkins-Tryon schools. I owe to P-T schools. I know how tnt a public education is. :4 Will be there when you need was the most prepared the longest answers. He two most specific goals "to implement site-based where each school be given a budget which allow individuals to utilize to the fullest, and also be held accountable for the goals to a common good. =And begin a structured plan of facility needs and improvements so the community can be completely informed on what we are trying to achieve. It would be a reliever long-range plan, be it for a new gynmasium, high school structure, etc., so the community can see the goals." The session lasted 75 minutes with five prepared statements and four questions from the floor. There were no controversial ques- tions, answers or issues. In response to the opening ques- tion of "What are the great- est strengths of the Perkins-Tryon schools?" All three agreed it was me "great administrators, teachers and community." The second part of the question "What areas do you want to see improved during your term in of'rice?" Brown and Huff replied with the opening lines of communi- cations. =Board members and the school personnel must work together with the community. Each side has to know where the other is coming from," said Brown. "We have to make sure our line of comnmnication is open. We have to listen to the community, and we must try to upgrade some of our facilities," said Huff. Robinson replied with "develop- ing a long-range plan to upgrade and replace facilities and implement site-based management." The three candidates were asked to "comment on the effects of House Bill 1017 on the Perkins- Tryon schools. How will the further implementation of the bill impact on the school system?" "There's a lot I don't know about HB 1017. But I will learn," said Huff. "I know it has given most of our teachers a needed pay raise, made the class sizes smaller and has helped counselors on each level. For the future, I understand it's going to create language courses and upgrade our report card system." "FIB 1017 is probably the most positive step taken by our state legislature to upgrade the educational system within recent memory," said Robinson. "It has done a lot to focus on class size. I feel implementation of the rest of 1017 will put a lot of pressure on the educational system to do the things required. I think it will be a very positive influence on teaching and class sizes." Brown replied, "HB 1017 will effect the school budget, both now and the long term. It is a great step forward. It is giving us more one-on-one teaching. The question however is how is the state going to continue to fund this bill?" There was no real disagreement on the question of =What do you see as the role of the school board mem- ber in determining budget, curricu- lum and personnel selection?" =A board member must under- stand the budget both on a short and long-term basis," said Robin- son. "In curriculum, we must be aware of the needs of the Students and provide them with the kind of subjects necessary to give the stu- dents a complete education. In per- sonnel, we need to listea to the ad- ministrators and their recommenda- tions." Huff repfied, =The board has to work closely with the administra- tion in aH three areas. We have to listen to the administration. They are the paid professionals. It's their job to make recommendations to us. The administration listens to the teachers and then makes recommen- dations to the board." "The board actually has very little control over the budget," said Brown. "There's only about l g percent for the board to consider. We can't be involved to and that I am open minded," in the day-to-day operation of replied Huff. "I think my ability to the schools. That's why you have keep an open line of communication administrators. They run the school is important. If there's a problem, and make recommendations on I'll always be willing to sit down personnel. Listening to the needs and talk about the situation. I don't of the students by the teachers and have as much experience as the other administrators will enable us to two candidates but I'll work hard to make decisions on curriculum." make this a better school district." Concerning the hiring of a effeLaive at the end of this school new superintendent to replace Dr. Virginia Webb, who has resigned (See FORUM on Pase 6) THE THREE school board candidates, from the left, Dwight Brown, Lawrence Robinaon and Larry Huff, wlah each other good luck after speaking to Partners In Education (PIE) last week. The annual hool election is Tuesday, Feb. 9. Bob Williams, Editor ;nttact agreement with the rs and Perkins-Tryon School ------- t was finally reached, a pitch naoe for a wrestline program of the school principals were reign! Monday at the February ' fl board meeting. e stumbling block in me Ill ioes, pay for teachers with r years experience, OVercome ,^ agreed to'a one-time stipend '.'-'::"  for these teachers," ex- :i.! '" d Karen Bair, president of the :.' .lTon Education Associa- ,r I tA). e teachers have been without atract for the 1992-93 school to it settled," get the agreement the board's negotiat- through a federal modera- irst of three executive 1:14. The board met doors to discuss the to open session, board president, m making surc wc OKs teacher's pact; hears wrestling report were agreeing to the same things the teachers had already ratified." The raises for the teachers go into effect Feb. 28. The salary increases from the start of school to the end of February will be divided equally over the final months of the school year. The teachers eligible for the $500 stipend will receive the money in one lump sum Feb. 28. With 59 parents, students and fans showing up at the start of the monthly meeting, the opening session was moved from the board room to the high school cafeteria. The group had come to ask the board to consider adding wrestling as a middle and high school sport. Tracy Farmer, co-director of the Perkins Parks and Recreation Department, and Bob DiIIinger, director of the Wrestling Hall of Fame, were speakers. Dillinger was subbing for former OSU wrestling coach and athletic director Myron Roderick. =To start with, I want to give you some statistics," said Farmer. "The Perkins Youth Sports Program (PYSO) started wrestling this year and we had 67 signup. That was four-years-old to under 15. Forty- eight of those kids were in the fifth through ninth grades. We had ii:/ :i!ii// '! 'ii i . i! HANES, 10, prepares to drop off a book in the new return,, in front of the Thomaa-Wilhite Ubrary. The book made possible by an annual donation to the library County Bank. other kids, over 15,-call us and we had to turn them away because our program was for youths under 15. "I have three petitions signed by 80 kids requesting a wrestling program. There are more who waat it but these are just the ones who showed up for a meeting tonight. "we had our own tournament last month. We had 40 kids enter and 32 of them placed. "Last weekend, we entered the State YMCA tournament and woa the Division V championship. We sent 12 to the state meet and l0 of them placed at least fourth. "I know a concern for the board is how to pay for the program. Just about every school has a own Booster Club. "'II&e Morrison for instance. They are about our size. Their Takedown Club raises money for the expenses Of a coach and buys uniforms. The 'Ikkedown Club's fund raising and gate receipts pays for the program. "Wrestling is an alternative for students who don't want to play basketball," said Farmer. Dillinger, a former beat writer covering wrestling for The Daily Oldahoman, talked about the values of a wrestling program. "It's a wholesome sport that produces good people. "At the Wrestling Hall of Fame we now have a new wing fea- turing outstanding Americans who School Election is Tuesday Three millage elections and a three-man race for the Perkins- Tryon Board of Education Tuesday, Feb. 9. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dwight Brown, Larry Huff and Lawrence Robinson are the trio running for the board seat now held by Beanie Sadler who isn't seeking a second term. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the election, a runoff election between the two candidates with the highest number of votes will be conducted April 6. The school district is also seeking the passage of three millage levees - 10-miil local support, five- mill emergency levy and five-mill building fund levy. Passage of all three are necessary to keep the Perkins-Tryon school doors open. have wrestled. This group includes three presidents (Washington, Lin- coln and Teddy Roosevelt), one as- tronaut, two Nobel Prize winners and one general. "Wrestling teaches self-deter- mination, self-reliance and dedica- tion. It offers some one too small to play football or basketball an o13. portunity to excel. Your bigger kids, who aren't agile enough for basket- baH, can wrestle. Ask any football coach and they love to have their players involved in wrestling." The 37-minute discussion ended Roggow opened the meeting up with Roggow instructing Dr, Vir- for discussion from the floor, ginia Webb, superintendent of Grover Rains, a former NCAA schools, to meet with athletic direc- champion at Oklahoma State and tar Lance Miller, the coaches and now a Perkins resident; David principals to prepare a report on Smith, who coached the PYSO the feasibility of adding wresting. team; H.M. Mceutchen, Tryon; Sid The report would include cost, addi- Davis, ex-coach who was Perkins' tional coaches, if any, facilities and reacher of the Year last year; and scheduling. Harland Wells, local businessman; After the first executive sessiem, spoke in behalf of the values of wrestling and how it can be funded. (See BOARD on Page 6) Webb says 'yes' vote critical By Dr. Virginia Webb, Superintendent of Schools On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the annual school millage election will be held for the Perkins-Tryon School District. In order to continue operation of our local school, it's essential that citizens exercise their right to vote in this election and pass all three All Oklahoma school districts will hold an election that day to submit the lO-mill local support levy, five-mill emergency levy and the five-mill building fund levy for approval by a majority of the electors for this fiscal year. All Oklahoma school districts currently have these levies in effect and the proposed vote will not increase current taxes. It's important these millages, or "school taxes" be passed in order for the district to operate during the next fiscal year and receive maximum state aid. If any of the millages are not passed, state aid and local support moneys will be deducted in relation to those millages not passed. Without state and federal aid, which totals about 79 percent of the Perkins-Tryon Public Schools' operating budget, our school could not remain open. Citizens are always concerned about the total amount of taxes they pay and the use of the moneys raised by these taxes. A question that often arises concerns what will happen if the millages are not approved. Addressing this question, Larry Lewis, Oklahoma State School Boards attorney, states: =Some voters have thought if they did not vote the millage their property would not be taxed by the current school district. But it is going to be taxed by some school district and that neighboring district to the current district would be numdatorily annexed by the State Board of Education if its ters would not approve millage. It might even have higher tax rates thaa the current district, is notified of the call for election). "Why would the rates be higher If the millage is not approved by if both district tax the maximum the end of the fiscal year, the mills? Because the neighboring State Board of Education will most district may have more bonded likely use its mandatory annexation indebmess - ad valorem taxes - to powers to dissolve the district and pay off construction projects, place it in some other district(s)." "If district voters do not approve the millage, the board can call for a Paying for another election or, new lection (the election can't be losing the school districts are two set less than four or five days from horrid consequences of the millage the date the county election board levees not being passed on Tuesday. CHILl AND STEW supper at the Perkins Senior Citizen's Center. The supper will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Cost of the supper is only $3 and goes to paying the Center's utility bills. A P-T BAND BOOSTER MEETING will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, in the high school band room. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. THE TAYLORSVILLE GOSPEL OPRY will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, starting at 7 p.m. The Opry will feature the Heartland Quartet, the Livingstone Trio, the Gospel Beacons from Cushing, Mike and Dede Dunn and Brenda Robinson. A SENIOR SOFTBALL program is being formed for players nearly 50 and above, Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Stillwater Holiday Inn beginning at 2 p.m. Games will be played in Stillwater one or two nights a week. Senior rules will be used. All seniors are invited to attend who are interested in recreational softball. COYLE'S ANNUAL 4-H and FFA will hold its annual pork chop supper and auction Saturday, Feb. 6. The meal will be served from 5:30- 7 p.m. Cost of the meal is $4 for adults aad $3 for children. The auction will follow the meal. Proceeds go towards the equalization money for the Coylc 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors. PERKINS AG BOOSTERS will meet Mond, Feb. 8, in the elementary school cafeteria. Hans will be made for the upcoming local livestock show Feb. 27. All members and parents of children showing animals are needed to plan this event. THE OAK GROVE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Progress Community building. In case of bad weather, the meeting will be postponed one week. PERKINS-TRYON BAND BOOSTERS will be holding a bake sale Saturday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, at the Perkins Journal. Everything being sold wilt be valentine related.