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A4 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, April 5, 2012 Op lnlons Cats Are Treated Special, a local non-profit cat shelter, since 2003, has a Thrift Shop booth inside the new Main Street Mall located at 111 South Main, Perkins. The booth has a variety of items including collectors plates, figurines, glassware, china sets, handbags, framed objects, and soy candle melts. All proceeds go toward acquir- ing an indoor cat shelter. Donations are always an extra blessing. For adoptions phone 405-547-1224 Betty Ottaway Perkins BOARD Continued from Page A1 depending on the severity of the infraction at the discretion of the administration. A fourth referral was also added in which the student would lose bus riding privi- leges for the remainder of the school year. The district's Professional Development Annual Update was also approved along with the new members for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The committee consists of: Stacy Winters and Crystal Owens, high school; Renee Peters and Shawn Matheson, junior high; Cindy Wilkey and Joan Cross, intermediate school; and Lisa Bowman and Sharon Kinzie, elementary school. Wilkey is the chairperson. Other members of the committee are Donna Boles, adminislrator: Jessica Miller, counselor:, and Kristy Voelker, TREATS Continued from Page A1 "We plan to visit Perkins streets three times a week, but also will visit Stillwater, Cushing, Ripley, and Camey," Jamie Clinesmith said. Besides their routes, the truck will also be parked at the Frontier Realty building in downtown Perkins in the evenings until around 9 p.m. The Clinesmiths said to look for them at area events as well. "We're already planning to participate in events such as Old Settlers' Day in Perkins and the Waynoka Rattle- snake Hunt," Trevor Cline- smith said. Jamie noted they will also be available for private gather- ings, such as birthday parties, parent. A special board meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thurs- day, May 17, for the sale of $425,000 worth of building bonds voted on and approved by district patrons on Aug. 26, 2008. The board will designate bond counsel for the issuance of bonds. The board acknowledged the resignations of cook Kimber McGeehee, special education teacher Mathew Withrow, and teacher/coach Gaye Lynn Treat. The board also received a letter from high school language arts teacher Kristy WiUingham of her intentions to retire at the end of the school year. Also approved were Gen- eral Fund encumbrances of $57,539.94; Building Fund encumbrances of $4,000; and Child Nutrition Fund encum- brances of $64.05. or church events and holiday parties. "Our birthday package includes treats and a t-shirt for the birthday child," she said. Trevor is employed as a superintendent at Cimarron Trails Golf Course. Jamie is an orthodontic assistant for Dr. Edwin Polk in Stillwater. The couple has two children, Brooklyn, 8, and Blake, 5. "We both grew up in Per- kins, but never got to experi- ence an ice cream mack like this," Trevor Clinesmith said. "We just wanted to bring this to kids in Perkins." For more information about Cruisin' Street Treats, call (405) 547-5314, or just listen for the sounds of sweelness. As House committees take up Senate bills, we are continuing to focus on areas that were also priorities in the House legislative filed this year with an emphasis on saving taxpayer dollars and reforming government. The House Energy & Utility Regulation Committee has approved legislation that could save $300 million to $500 million over the next decade, according to estimates. Senate Bill 1096 creates the Oklahoma State Facilities Energy Conservation Program, which sets an energy cost reduction target of 20 percent by the year 2020. The proposal is aimed at capitalizing on behavior- based conservation efforts, existing equipment and optimal building use, "while maintaining or improving the operational environment during times when facilities are occupied." The program created by the legislation would be similar to one used by many state schools and colleges who have contracted with Texas-based Energy Education Inc. Tulsa Public Schools has reportedly saved more than $3.3 million since implementing their program in 2009. The House Energy & Utility Regulation Committee also approved Senate Bill 1500, which would allow removal of Grand River Dam Authority board members who miss three meetings in one year. A recent state audit found that all GRDA board mem- bers were in attendance at only two of 21 meetings over two years. For government oversight to work, state board mem- bers must take their job duties seriously. Finally, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Revenue and Taxation has advanced a measure to pro- vide some homeowners greater property tax relief. Senate Bill 1036 would increase the amount of gross household income property owners can earn and still qualify for an additional homestead exemption, raising the threshold from $20,000, to the greater of $22,000 or 50 percent of a county's median income as deter- mined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2011, there were 47,959 homesteads that qualified for the exemption. It is estimated that another 4,274 will qualify under the provisions of Senate Bill 1036. The bill was also amended to increase the $1,000 homestead exemption to $1,200. The homestead exemption has not been adjusted since 1988. Adjusted for inflation, the $1,000 exemption approved in 1988 would equal $1,924 today. As always, feel free to contact me at (405)557-7304 or at leedenney@okhouse.gov. By Cecil Acuff In the beginning, kids need parents. The young ones are attached; months and months, or years. Then sud- denly, the kids are sent to school, first for one-half day then for 7 or 8 hours daily, where they'll learn to cope with life in ways they never had done before. Parents no longer control what is learned, how, and with whom. That is, unless parents decide, as has an emerging don't provide the kind of education they want for the young ones. Psychologist Wendy Mogel, author of"The Blessing of a Skinned Knee," admires the way homeshoolers manage to give their children a childhood in an ultra competitive world. Yet she wonders how kids who spend so much time within a deliberately crafted community will learn to work with people from backgrounds nothing like theirs. Typical homeschooled youngsters tend to find the space they need by the time they reach teenageyears. This has made them more appealing to colleges. They welcome homeschoolers', they've had practice chart- ing their own intellectual directions. population across America, to forego that age-old rite of Homeschoolers support legislation that would passage entirely. Some people think of home schoolers as evangelical or off-the-gridders who spend a lot of time at kitchen tables in the countryside. Most home schooling may do so for moral or religious reasons, but that is changing. Mitchell Stevens, Stanford University professor, wrote, "Kingdom of Children, a History of Home Schooling." At the time, there were an estimated 300,000 home schooled children in America's cities and countrysides. Many, many of these are children of secular, highly-educated professionals who always figured they'd send their kids to school. Then, they started thinking, maybe we could do better. When a homeschooling consultant pulled her. kids out of school in the mid- 1990s, some close friends said that she was ruining her kids lives. Now, the parents she meets aren't afraid to talk about it; and proudly. Many of these parents feel that schools everywhere allow kids to play sports for their local public high school.They want to have an option. The ranks of homeschoolers keep growing. According to the most recent federal estimates, the number of homeschooled children in the U.S. has nearly doubled from 850,000 in 1999 to 1.5 million in 2007. The sports question has become charged lately thanks to Tim Tebow, the homeschooled kid in Florida who grew up to become a football phenomenon for the Denver Broncos (his status has been changed lately). Twenty eight states have passed laws like the one that enabled Tebow to play football for a public high school near Jacksonville. Twelve states are considering simi- lar legislation, nick-named "Tebow Laws." Opponents of homeschool sports access bills include public school superintendents and athletic directors who say Tebow laws will undermine hard-won eligi- bility requirements for public school athletes. Easter Pictures i i II I I II II Ill  ',r ..... I111 [1 !n[! l! !! !rr