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Sl "Recording the History around Perkins and Payne County for I 13 Years" Wednesday-Thursday Edition July 2-July 3, 2003 Volume I 13 No. 39 50 refuses suit 00lement .settle an ongoing lawsuit initiated by Rural Water the City of Perkins was declined during a special Monday evening. in Oklahoma City federal court, alleges i selling water to customers that belong ict is asking for Perkins to surrender it's Infrastructure located in an area just outside of the limits. the site of 30 years of growth the city has Cimarron Trails Golf Course, Cimarron Country Estates housing develop- Plaza, and property belonging to the Per- is the site of the new high school, basically called for a $225,000 payment #3, a royalty payment for water the City sells to customers in the disputed residents area, and an agreement for the Very conscious City to sell water to RWD #3 transfer of at a "bulk/wholesale" rate. "In reviewing the settlement to offer - we are confused," said or to Perkins City Attorney James Milton. He said that settlement offers dames Milton that include a large lump sum City Attorney payment, such as the $225,000 the water district is requesting, as a way to pay attorney's fees. firm has billed $18,000 to the City of perkins for case. but it's not $225,000," Milton empha- say. "It will be very expensive to try this case. conscious of the huge transfer of to the water district or to their attorneys." Rosson agrees, but he declined to comment He is still hoping Perkins can work out the water district board that will benefit both concern about the potential loss of water the water district's suit prevail. burden on Perkins would be enormous are lost." main source of revenue comes from water to it's residents. These revenues are then such as streets, lights, and police public cancelled Lowell the public a.m. was the commis- meeting of Perkins want to aral Water had peti- granted the parties Bank, District (Perkins- rate Development, Inc., Perkins Whistle Stop, Inc. and Michael McWherter. Barto explained the reason behind the cancellation of the public hearing was because the matter has been removed from the Payne County Com- missioners' district and into the federal court's. Although there may be a challenge regarding this decision, until something was decided, there was nothing the commissioners could do on the matter. In other business, commission- See HEARING on 10 Perkins-Tryon superintendent Jim Hyder, far right, explains to board of education members and local media the functions of some of the furnishings in the Family and Consumer Sciences classroom of the new high school building prior to Monday night school board meeting. The new facility is expected to be ready by Aug. 1. Journal photo by Keith Sheets Completion set by Aug. 1 New high school getting closer to completion date by Claudia Andrews Contributing Writer Before the regular Perkins Tryon Board of Education meeting Monday evening, board members were treated to a second walk-around of the new high school facility. entry colors to each classroom. Markerboard/bulletin boards have been installed and TV/ VCR's will be mounted in each room. The art room, with large win- dows to the north, has lots of appropriate storage room and clean-up sink and will house a kiln room for pottery art. The large English/literature room may have a mini-stage in the near future. The science lab will soon have three work islands jutting from each side of the room allow- ing four students per unit. An adjoining mini room will hold chemicals and supplies needed for teaching. The home-econ room has three "kitchens" - one gas and two electric. Sewing modules are in place as well as a computer work area. The computer lab room will have station modules in place soon and just recently received career-tech credit sanc- tion for a new business class housed on campus. There are two safe room/ classrooms, with connecting doors, and entranced from the two classroom halls, which will hold about 500 standing student/ teachers. Each is built with con- crete blocks filled with concrete with a 6i concrete ceiling. A large checkout desk is in place under the skylight in the middle of the media center. and enlarging the fenced play- ground area. P-T schools will be able to count the fbur-year-old children in the ADM (average daily membership). According to Superintendent Jim Hyder, it will be a win-win situation for both entities. Jim Hyder stands in front of the checkout desk in the library of staining of the burch woodwork was to be completed this week. The ted by Aug. 1. Journal photo by Keith Sheets The wide classroom halls Mini-rooms containingtearn- The board also approved are tiled and lockers are in '8 lab, t ltt thd ",  ilil, place. The heat sensors and da deo ting room are 65'passgetu from Ross sprinkler system is in place, entranced off the media center. Transportation of El Reno OK Appropriately placed colorful Two rows of computers, table for $47,583, in time for the pattern in the tile accents the and chairs, and lounge chairs school start date, This will be with tables near the large windows will all be part of the media center. Double wood doors with windows connect this room to the commons area. There is a lighted trophy case near the entrance to the media room just inside the commons area and a "career center" is tucked neatly in an alcove near the first classroom hall. A bright and airy, open and free feeling pervades the entire building. The newest classroom module at the elementary will be moved to the new school site to house the history and alternative classes. All except the band, vocal, and Ag classes will be located at the new site. The new high school will be a closed campus and the student handbook will give guidance concerning this change. The major area, the com- mons, will soon have its floor in place. Following the tour, Wayne Weatherbury and Bob Wright representatives of LWPB archi- tecture firm and Rob Coleman, project coordinator and Waco Bridenstine, project superin- tendent met with the board to discuss a problem concerning the appropriate moisture content of the floor of the commons. Staying on schedule and no dollar amount difference, a decision was made to lay six- teen foot squares of porcelain granite tiles in the commons. These breathable tiles will be low maintenance and the color is light gray with faint black speckles and will be enhanced with a black tile placed in pat- tern running throughout the commons floor. In other business, the board approved an agreement with United Community Action/ Headstart of Pawnee, to provide space for a three and four year old program at the elementary site. This will involve adding rest- rooms to the module to be used purchas.ed through a lease pur- chas with Payne Country Bank carrying the note at 3 percent interest. Also approved was the pur- chase of a security camera system for the new high school. Direct Communica- tions of Tulsa OK was the low bid at $13,585 for a Pelco programmer/controller (240gb) with three outside pan-tilt zoom cameras and five inside color cameras, plus labor. Superintendent Jim Hyder said, "Pawnee and Bristow school systems are using these and are pleased. Security sys- tems is the only thing Direct Communications does." Sol Talley, Intermediate (4-6 grades)/Junior High (7-9 grades), was employed as spe- cial education teacher and Jim Dominquez was employed as high school evening custodian for the FY04 school year by the board. Hyder stated the audited ADM for FY03 was 1302.5, up from a year ago. The general fund carry over from FY03 is a little over $724,000, before outstanding warrants. Hyder commented that state aid is still down by about 4.4 percent and schools will know the allocations, which depend on collections, in about two weeks. The board approved the stu- dent handbooks with policies and revisions for each school site, as well as the 2004 school calendar. Approval was given for the superintendent to be the district purchasing agent and Milton Davis was approved as designated representative of special education and all federal programs. The working budgets for FY04 and administrative salaries and supervisory salary schedule for FY04 were approved as pre- sented. Budget encumbrances for FY03 and FY04 were approved as presented. ?eeLia5 , OLlod,,o00ct Happy #th of Jtlly! Community Calendar July 3, noon - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meeting at Johnson resi- dence, 11120 S. Perkins Road. ,July 4 - Independence Day July 4 & 5, 8 p.m. - Perkins Round-Up Club's Annual 4 th of July Rodeo at arena on E. Freeman. Local blood donors back bank's drive Local residents enthusiasti- cally supported Payne County Bank during the annual "Battle of the Banks" Blood Drive. The local portion of the Ameri- can Red Cross-sponsored blood drive, held on Wednesday, June 18, at the Perkins Lions Den gar- ner,',,d 27 donations of . venty-two people d possibly bofit  just 27donat/ons, PCB blooddrive coordinator Kasey Longan said. She explained that three blood products can potentially be derived from one unit of whole blood donated. Longan was particularly pleased to announce that out of those 27 donors, five were first-time donors. PCB joined BancFirst, Citi- zens State Bank, Commercial Federal Bank in Cushing, Spirit Bank in Cushing, Stillwater National Bank and university & Community Federal Credit Union in the annual "battle" to promote blood donations during the summer months when the need for blood is at a high level. Several local businesses assisted PCB by donating door prizes for blood drive donors. The winners of those prizes are as follows: (5) Silver Eagle Collect- able Coins donated by PCB: Amy Scott, Adam Jarvis, Don Keinholz, Cecil Gann, and Lisa Carey El Mexicano Dinner for two: Georgia Casey (2) Whistle Stop Gift Cer- tificates for $5 each: Kendra Stanek and Jack Rosson (1) Whistle Stop Gift Certifi- cate for $10: Justin Grooms Daylight Donuts $5 Gift Cer- tificate: Cindy Sheets Prairie's Edge Dinner for two: Cassandra Johnson Thank you for your subscription! Your subscription is impor- tant to us. 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