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Weekly Section of The Perkins Journal, Sense Dave Ramsey on raising money-savvy kids. Profile - Inside and About Stillwater . 75 Stillwater Board of Ed adopts new grade configuration By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer The Stillwater Board of Education approved on a 4-1 vote Monday night during a special meet- ing at the Performing Arts Center at Stillwater High School to adopt a new grade configuration starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Camille DeYoung who represents Ward 1 was the lone dissenting vote. The changes will result in result in ninth- through 12th-grade students attending Stillwater High School, seventh-and eighth- grade students attending Stillwater Junior High, fifth-and sixth-grade stu- dents attending Stillwa- ter Middle School, and pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students attending one of the district's six elementary schools. The special meeting was held to consider the realignment of grades and personnel moves as part of a plan to absorb a budget shortfall of $1.9 million which includes $400,000 in state aid and the depletion of a carry- over balance. SPS Superintendent Ann Caine thanked the board for tackling this issue. "I know it was a tough vote tonight for them and there are still a lot of unanswered questions," Caine said. "Our whole purpose was to allow us to have a year to do due diligence and do a thor- ough job planning. I think we have a great opportu- nity here to be visionary and cutting edge in what we want our new school configurations to look like." During the public input section of the meeting several parents and stu- dents voiced concerns and questions about the grade moves. It was those concerns that prompted DeYoung to ask the board to post- pone their vote. "Can we postpone the vote until we get some of the key questions haunting people to get answered?" DeYoung said. Reconfiguring the grades was one recom- See BOARD, Page 82 SUA raises borrowing cap By Van Mitchell is a document that describes of the previous year's revenue Journal Staff Writer The Stillwater Utilities Authority at its meeting Monday night approved changes to the SUA's trust indenture that will allow it to borrow more money if certain safeguards are met. Stillwater Mayor John Bartley said the amendments increase the cap on borrow- ing in a single year from 10 percent of the previous year's revenues to 40 percent. The SUA' mast indenture the terms and conditions for the authority's operation and how it can issue bonds for debt purposes. Bartley said the increase in borrowing ability was needed in part to cover the cost of water system improvement projects that make up the city's Water 2040 plan. "We did amend the mast agreement," Bartley said. "It does two things. It increases the potential amount that could be borrowed from 10 percent to 40 percent of the previous year's revenues. Then we put in multiple precautions and protections for the rote payers. While we have the potential to borrow more there arc more protections and requirements to be able to do so." Bartley said one safeguard includes a voting change for taking on debt. "We amended the trust to require a 4/5ths vote to borrow any amount and not just a See SUA, Page S3 Ex-con jailed on $100,000 bond By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent An ex-convict has been jailed on $100,000 bail on charges of choking and pointing a loaded gun at a female roommate, firing the stolen gun inside and outside of his trailer in Still- water, and being a felon in possession of a gun. Timothy Lee Weaver, 49, could be incarcerated for 46 years if convicted of a five- count charge on which he was ordered to appear in court on April 7 when he can seek a preliminary hearing. The woman's two chil- dren, a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, were inside the trailer on S. Walnut Street in Stillwater during the incident to which offi- cers were dispatched shortly after midnight on March 14, an affidavit said. When five police offi- cers arrived, the boy was very upset and difficult to understand; however, the girl remained calm and "she was able to tell me what she saw," Stillwater Police Officer Eric McKin- ney wrote in an affidavit. She said that she and her brother were in their bed- rooms sleeping when they were awakened to what sounded like things being broken in the living room, the affidavit said. She said that when she and her brother came into the living room, she saw Weaver on top of her mother in a recliner with one fist pressing into her See WEAVER, Page $2 Distinguished Young Woman Madison Weiser of Stillwater was selected the Distinguished Young Woman of Payne County for 2015 at the Stillwater Community Center on Saturday, March 8. Also receiving awards were (I to r) Montachay Wallace of Stillwater, Participation; Emily Fry of Stillwater, 1st Runner Up and Be Your Best Self; Madison Weiser, Talent, Interview, Scholastics, and Self-Expression; Abbigail Smith of Perkins, 2nd Runner Up; Jessica Rhea of Stillwater, Spirit); and Hannah-Beth Link of Cushing, Participation. Photo provided THE JOURNAL .]IIIJlLI[I!IJlII[I! !! !11 lll00 The Stillwater Board of Education heard Monday night during a special meeting at the Performing Arts Center several proposals aimed at cutting $1.9 million from its budget. Journal photo by Van Mitchell Budget cuts could eliminate School Resource Officers By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer The Stillwater Board of Education heard Monday night during a special meet- ing at the Performing Arts Center several proposals aimed at cutting $1.9 million from its budget including not renewing a contract with the City of Stillwater to provide three school resource offi- cers for school security. SPS Superintendent Ann Caine said not renewing the contract will save the school district $75,000. "We currently have three SROs and our plan is to non- renew our contract with the City for all of them," Caine said. "Four years ago the City asked us if we could pay pai't of the costs because up until then we had not paid anything for the SROs. Most 6A school districts pay a portion of their SRO costs." Caine said SPS and City Manager Dan Galloway had an agreement on how much the school district would pay for the SROs. "Dan Galloway and I agreed that three years ago we would pay 10 percent, last year 25 percent and this year 50 percent, with the intent to reevaluate after this year," Caine said. "Because we could "see" that the budget was going to be tight this year, we renegotiated with the city last winter to continue to pay 25 percent ($75,000 instead of $150,000) for this school year. We have always had a collaborative relationship with the city and will con- tinue to do so. Board members received a mid-term report in Janu- ary by Phillip Storm, SPS chief financial officer that indicated the school district would receive $400,000 less in state aid. Along with the depletion of the carryover balance, the district is faced with cutting $1.9 million from next year's budget in order to remain fiscally solid on Dec. 31. Karrie Bales, a parent and SRO for Stillwater High School, spoke out against eliminating the SRO pro- gram. "The Stillwater Public See SRO, Page S4 New children's reading program encourages cultural diversity By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer The Stillwater Public Library is introducing a new children's reading and discussion series titled "Muslim Voices" which provides an opportunity for children and program facilitators to explore uni- versal themes through high- quality books with Muslim protagonists. The new program for children ages 8-12 will take place Tuesdays from 4:30- 5:30 p.m. on April 8, 15, 29 and May 6. Registration is required. It is sponsored by the National Endow- ment for the Humanities, New York Council for the Humanities and Oklahoma Humanities Council. "We have a very diverse community here in Stillwa- ter," said Elizabeth Murray, children's librarian. "The goal of the program is to create meaningful conver- sations about the shared humanity of non-Muslim and Muslim people. The series makes children actively think about common themes that cross cultural, religious, and ethnic divides." Murray said the Stillwater Public Library was chosen for the program in part due to Stillwater's diversity and community support children's programming. "The original idea is from the New York Humanities Council .which has done several other similar type programs," Murray said. "They offered it out to other states and they chose Oklahoma and Michigan. From there the Oklahoma Humanities Council asked if we would be interested in participating as a pilot program. We have a very responsive community to Stillwater Public Library programming." Book discussions will be held at the library and will be facilitated by Murray and Najwa Raouda, lec- turer in Oklahoma State University's Religious Studies department. "I wanted to be involved with this project because it is an opportunity to present to our children a diverse world that is different from what they know or see on TV," Raouda said. "I am eager to share multiple cul- tures and points of views with Stillwater children." Murray said each child who registers for the series will receive a free copy of the book being discussed. Participants are expected to complete the readings before each meeting and to attend all four sessions. "Literature gives us glimpses into other cultures and lives," Murray said. "By reading and discuss- ing these books, children are able to gain a broader global perspective, while discovering the similarities we share with people who may seem very different from us." To sign-up, visit the library's website at http: //library.stillwater.org, call the library's Help Desk at (405) 372-3633 or emaila skalibrarian@ stillwater.o rg. The Stillwater Public Library is located at1107 S. Duck Street. Powered by 40J-Jll-20000)O