Posted Date: 02/14/2023
Board Members Approve School Calendar For 2023-2024
On second reading, the Board of Education approved a calendar for the 2023-2024 school year. Board members first reviewed the calendar last month. View 2023-2024 school calendar here.
The calendar, which closely mirrors this year’s, calls for the first day of school to start August 16, with the last day tentatively set for May 29, with five snow days built into the calendar. There are also two virtual days – one in October and another in April – where students will complete assignments at home while teachers are involved in collaboration and training.
Administrators made slight changes to the calendar since it was first proposed last month, moving the last day of school.
“In working with our teacher’s union, we also realized that we did not have President’s Day as a holiday, like we have had in the past, so we made that change,” said Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler. “We also made Friday, March 15 – the week before Spring Break – an additional day off from school, which many will appreciate.”
If no snow days are used, the last day of school would be May 21.
Note: A decision on the last day of school for the current calendar year has not yet been made.
Peterson Celebrated at the State Capitol
Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and other administrators, along with Board Member Joey Reyes, went to the State Capitol Monday for a special celebration. Rebecka Peterson, a math teacher at Union High School who is Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year, was recognized by the state legislature for being named a top-five finalist for 2023 National Teacher of the Year.
“It was a terrific day as Rebecka was recognized today by both the House and the Senate for this achievement,” said Hartzler. “We wish her the very best as she enters the final round of interviews for National Teacher of the Year. I know she will appreciate your thoughts and support as she goes through this process. She is absolutely a contender.”
Board Members Approve Several Agreements for Engineering Consultation Services
Board members approved three master agreements with firms for engineering consultation services including Salas O’Brien, Phillips + Gomez and Henderson Engineers.
Under each master agreement, the firms will provide engineering consultation services for multiple mechanical projects. The design fee for each individual project will not exceed $50,000 and the total design fee for all projects will not exceed $200,000. The district has a need for this master agreement to address important small projects, including an office remodel at Jarman Elementary, HVAC Replacement at Rosa Parks and Moore Elementary, and various small mechanical infrastructure upgrades throughout the district.