Sallisaw Superintendent Resigns
Although Sallisaw School Superintendent Scott Farmer mentioned he had resigned from his position during Monday night's school board meeting, the item was not included on the agenda although there was a long list of other resignations and personnel-related issues discussed or approved by the board.
Farmer said since he received word about his new job as superintendent of Fort Gibson Schools over the weekend, it was too late to include it on the regular board meeting agenda but the issue will be discussed at a special meeting planned at noon Thursday.
Farmer thanked the school board, the faculty and the community for allowing him and his family to be a part of the community.
“Thank you for letting my children grow here. We will always have fond memories of Sallisaw and the people but I want to make sure you have a good superintendent here to fill this position and we will begin looking right away for the right person,” he said.
In a prepared statement, Farmer wrote “Being a member of this community for the last 16 years, and an employee of the district for the last fifteen, has been tremendous and Sallisaw will always hold a special place in the heart of the Farmer family.
“We cherish the friendships forged and support extended to us through good times as well as turbulent ones. You have been supportive of us through the birth of our three children and helped guide, mentor and love them through these formative years. The encouragement through times of adversity mean more to us than could ever be articulated in this short letter.”
Farmer said family circumstances “necessitate” that he and his wife, Emily, a Sallisaw High School teacher, look to the future and although his decision “brings sadness from the closing of one chapter,” Farmer said he is also excited about the opening of another.
Farmer said the board will begin the process of finding his replacement as soon as Friday. The next day, Farmer said he had already begun the application process.
Farmer was not alone in resigning. The board also approved resignations for Christina Walters, secondary math; Dusty Sifers, Secondary English; Nancy Braund, teacher's assistant; Jamie Reynolds, early childhood teacher; Ryan Carter, secondary math; and Jarrod Patterson.
The board met in executive session for about an hour to discuss personnel-related items and after returning, approved rehiring support personnel and all certified teachers for the 2018-2019 school year.
The board also hired a new head football coach, Randon Lowe, to succeed Scott Bethany who stepped down earlier to serve as an athletic director. Lowe, a native of Sallisaw, played quarterback for the Sallisaw Black Diamonds in the 1990s. His contract also includes teaching.
The board also approved Brad Jackson as the assistant high school principal; approved a temporary contract for Rita Stuart as a teacher for Liberty Elementary School; approved temporary contracts for Stephanie Gragg and Sherrie Chambers as teachers for Eastside Elementary; hired Christian Campbell as the new band instructor; and Dakota Petree on a temporary contract as the Sallisaw High School math teacher.
Others hired included Pam Davis as the middle school reading teacher and Ashley Brant as a Secondary Special Education Teacher.
They also appointed two board members Frank Sullivan and Justin McGrew to negotiate all fiscal year 2019 contracts with certified staff.
Other items approved included service contracts for the new school year, adoption of Title 1 Site Plans, the 2018-19 Professional Development Plans, 2018-2019 meal prices which will remain the same; operation of the summer school program; to allow the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce to use the grounds for the annual fireworks show display; the sale of $990,000 General Obligation Building Bonds; adoption of the final academic calendar for the new school year; and fund raisers for the Sallisaw Middle School office and the Sallisaw High School FCCLA to go to Atlanta, Ga.