Martin replaces Sullivan for seat on school board

The Sallisaw School Board approved an appointment, moved by fellow board member Mike Daffin, to seat Tami Martin, a former teacher from Sallisaw, to replace Frank Sullivan Jr. for Ward 3 during Monday night's monthly meeting.

Sullivan explained he has recently moved from the ward he has represented for several years which now makes him ineligible to continue as a board member for Ward 3, he said.

“I truly am saddened that I had to step down from my school board position because of my recent move, but it could not be avoided,” Sullivan said.

“Anyone who knows me understands how involved and passionate I am with the things that matter most, and there is simply nothing more important to our society than public education.”

Sullivan said he has moved to another ward which is currently being held by Mike Daffin.

“It is my hope that I have an opportunity to serve on the school board again. Whether on the school board or not, I will continue to support our district as much as I can, because I believe Sallisaw Public Schools has some of the best students, teachers, and administrators that can be found,” Sullivan said.

“I am proud of what Sallisaw Public Schools has accomplished during the time I have been fortunate enough to serve on the board, and I am extremely confident in our current Superintendent Randy Wood, and the board, administrators, teachers and staff. Our kids are in great hands,” Sullivan said.

Martin, who took part in the rest of the meeting, said she looks forward to serving with the other board members and “helping to make the future better for the Sallisaw school system.”

Martin resigned a couple of years ago from her teaching position at Eastside Elementary to take care of her family, she said. She currently has two children in high school and one in middle school.

In other business, the board approved the superintendent and principal’s reports.

Wood spoke about the district valuation report and provided a 2020-21 estimate of needs and a financial statement for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 for the school district.

Wood said plans are to also pursue a FEMA shelter for the school with hopes of passing a bond in the future to finance the project.

He also provided a brief COVID-19 update which recently brought the football program to a halt when five coaches tested positive requiring the entire football team to quarantine.

Wood said currently the virus has affected three principals and nine teachers with a total of 160 staff or students to be quarantined. Wood said plans are to reopen the school for in class instruction on Sept. 21.

Sallisaw High School Principal Russell Tillery spoke about the annual student dropout report and the college Remediation Report. Tillery said the state recently lowered the number of credits required for students to graduate from 25 to 23 which makes it “good” especially during a time of coronavirus which has disrupted the normal routine of classroom instruction.

Board members also approved a financial report presented by Assistant Superintendent Steve Merrill which included encumbrances, the treasurer’s report, and activity fund reports.

They also approved Indian Policies and Procedures and parent committees for JOM and Title VI and Sallisaw Public Schools JOM Indian Education committee meetings and Title VI Indian Education parent committee meetings for the 2020-21 school year.

The board also approved student fundraisers and activity account use for the new school year and the following committees: Title VI, JOM/IEC, Safe School, Healthy and Fit, Gifted and Talented, Professional Development, Crisis Committee, Resident Teacher Committee and Drug Free Advisory Counsel.

Approved also was a Statewide Alternative Education Academy Plan which is $3,000 less than last year. Also approved was a contract with People Inc. for Education Services for Level D and Level E facilities which provides two teachers for 25 students.

The board also approved an annual lease agreement with the Old Sallisaw High School Association and facility use requests from the Sallisaw Youth League and the Cheer Booster Clinic.

Also approved was the Sallisaw Public Schools Athletic Emergency Plan for the 2020-21 school year.

Following executive session, the board approved employment for Christina Reece as the Elementary Special Education Teacher and Josh Bailey as the High School Custodian. The board also approved the resignation of Erin Larcade who has decided to teach for EPIC.

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