Qualls, Martin will retain School Board Seats 1 and 3

Sallisaw School Superintendent Randy Wood recognized and commended members of the school board Monday night during their regular monthly school board meeting.

“I appreciate all the board members. It’s a thankless job and I’m glad for the time you give into serving on the board,” Wood said.

He also congratulated Bobby Qualls and Tami Martin who both drew no opponents in the upcoming school board election in April. Wood said the two will be sworn-in at the April board meeting. Martin represents Office 3 and Qualls is seated in Office 1.

Wood also provided a brief update on the coronavirus situation at all schools. He said the high school is doing good but Liberty Elementary was out about 80 students this week which includes about eight teachers, he said.

On Tuesday the principal from Liberty reported there were 70 students and five teachers or staff who were either sick or in quarantine.

Sallisaw High School Principal Russell Tillery reported there were about 25 students either in quarantine or sick from the high school and one staff member who was caring for a family member.

“We haven’t had any major issues here,” Tillery said.

Eastside School had 30 students out and one employee as of Tuesday, school officials reported.

“We’ve had teacher assistants covering for some teachers who have had to be out. We’ve also had a third grade class that was in quarantine but for the most part we’re holding our own and doing pretty good,” Wood said.

The board approved encumbrances and other financial reports including the treasurer’s and activity fund reports provided by Assistant Superintendent Wayne Merrill.

Following executive session, the board approved hiring Jason Henry as the geography teacher for the middle school.

Sequoyah County Times

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