DEATHS

Barbara Ann Sommers, 79

Born June 23, 1939

Died March 25, 2019

Dorothy June Dunlap, 92

Born July 4, 1926

Died March 22, 2019

Carl Lee Cruce, 76

Born June 22, 1942

Died March 21, 2019

Mary Ann Kinion , 54

Born February 27, 1965

Died March 21, 2019

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THINGS TO DO

Monday, March 25

Microsoft Excel 2 - An Intermediate Course
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019

Tuesday, March 26

Amnesty Day (Muskogee)
Tahlequah Outreach - Knowing Your Role in the Closing Process
LiveLoveCycle Indoor Training
Muskogee City & County Warrant Amnesty Days
Serger University

Wednesday, March 27

Amnesty Day (Muskogee)
Dinner Church
Serger University
Muskogee City & County Warrant Amnesty Days
Microsoft Excel 2 - An Intermediate Course
Doers of the Word Children's Program
Bacone American Indian Studies emphasis in Tribal Leadership
Sign Language classes

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 7:38 AM

Following public outcry about school funding and concern over high administrative salaries, Sen. Ron Sharp filed legislation Friday to make superintendent salaries completely locally funded. Senate Bill 60 would require superintendent salaries and fringe benefits to be paid with only district (ad valorem dollars) and dedicated local funds. The bill would stop any state appropriated dollars from being used for the salaries in order for them to be diverted to the classroom.

“Schools boards already decide how much their administrators make but this bill would ensure that not only will the decision be completely local but the funds for them will be as well,” said Sharp, R-Shawnee. “I think when school boards have to use their local funds for superintendent salaries they’ll be more fiscally conservative and we’ll see more state funds going into the classrooms where they should be.”

SB 60 would apply to those positions coded under the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) as a superintendent or elementary superintendent. It would prohibit the board of education of an independent district or an elementary school district (a dependent district) from entering into a new contract or renewing a contract with a superintendent using state-appropriated dollars for salary or fringe benefits after July 1, 2019.

If a superintendent is also a principal, counselor or part-day teacher, the bill would only apply to the portion of his/her salary that is “coded” as superintendent. Any other job titles would still be paid with state dollars.

“This should also encourage administrative consolidation among districts if local dollars are insufficient to pay for superintendent salaries,” explained Sharp. “It will make these salaries and fringe benefits a 100% local decision as it should be.”

Sharp noted that the legislature does not set or control administrative salaries. It only sets the minimum teacher salary schedule. SB 60, however, would ensure that local districts would not only control the decision but the funds that pay for superintendent salaries.

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